Frank Stella, ‘La penna di hu, from Italian Folktales’, 1988, Phillips

Sold to benefit the Dubin Breast Center at the Mount Sinai Health System

Signed, dated and numbered 49/50 in pencil (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their bindstamp), framed.

Richard Axsom and Leah Kolb 182

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