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Frank Stella, ‘Lunna Wola (V) (Axsom IVE; Tyler 546:FS5)’, 1975, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Barbara Apple Sullivan

Signed in pencil and dated, from the edition of 26 plus 14 trial proofs, from the Paper Relief Project, on handmade paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, framed.

overall approx.: 623 by 535 by 30 mm 24 1/2 by 21 by 1 1/4 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