Frank Stella, ‘Polar Coordinates, VII’, 1980, Heritage Auctions
Frank Stella, ‘Polar Coordinates, VII’, 1980, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet is loose; holes punched in upper right and upper left corners; smudges on verso. Unframed

Signature: Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil in lower left

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Publisher: Published by Petersburg Press, New York and London

Axsom, 125

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