Frank Stella, ‘La Penna di Hu’, 1988, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Barbara Apple Sullivan

Signed in pencil, dated and inscribed 'A.P. VIII', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 38, on TGL handmade paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, framed

image: 1645 by 1380 mm 64 3/4 by 54 1/4 in
sheet: 1670 by 1410 mm 65 3/4 by 55 1/2 in

About Frank Stella

Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

American, b. 1936, Malden, Massachusetts, based in New York and Rock Tavern, New York