Frank Stella, ‘METAL RELIEFS PHILLIPS ANDOVER ACADEMY  (Signed & Numbered)’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
Frank Stella, ‘METAL RELIEFS PHILLIPS ANDOVER ACADEMY  (Signed & Numbered)’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery

Hand signed and numbered from the limited edition of 100. This is a rare hand signed and numbered silkscreen print on metallic looking wove paper published on the occasion of Frank Stella's 1982 Metal Reliefs exhibition at Phillips Andover Academy. (Since the show was of the artist's metal reliefs, the silkscreened paper was designed with a metallic 'look' to it) It was created for members of the Andover community, and not mass marketed, so it's one of the more elusive Stella prints for true fans! We always love it when the promotional print, as here (especially limited edition, signed) becomes more scarce than the work themselves. Frank Stella graduated from Andover, so this important exhibition was a homecoming for him. (Stella's preppy credentials are unrivaled amongst his peers: After Andover, Stella completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton, then went on to give a series of famous lectures on painting at Harvard University that would later be turned into an important art historical reference book!) As an anecdotal aside, we just recently met the delightful daughter of Frank Stella's former freshman roommate at Andover - who said Frank's impressive presence loomed large in their household for decades, as they followed his life and career -- even if, she thought, he wouldn't remember her dad. (How random is that?) There is a small, approx. 1/4" area of inpainting to the yellow background, visible only up close (see photo) that does not affect the image or the work. It is otherwise in excellent condition.

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Signature: Hand signed and numbered in ink from the edition of 100 on the front

Publisher: Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, Mss

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