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Frank Stella

Purple Series, 1972

The full suite of nine color lithographs on Zerkall Copperplate Deluxe paper
16 × 22 in
40.6 × 55.9 cm
Edition 87/100
This is part of a limited edition set.
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In his early work, Frank Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, …

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In his early work, Frank Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. In a lovely muted shade of purple, the nine shapes–triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, and so forth–have bands without beginning or end, like …

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Gemini G.E.L. #51.77-#51.85

Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Sheets each: …

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Gemini G.E.L. #51.77-#51.85

Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Sheets each: 16" x 22"

This lot has a 25% buyer's premium.

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Each signed with edition and date in pencil with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp lower right margin of sheet
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Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Frank Stella
American, b. 1936
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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.

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About the work
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In his early work, Frank Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, …

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In his early work, Frank Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. In a lovely muted shade of purple, the nine shapes–triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, and so forth–have bands without beginning or end, like …

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Gemini G.E.L. #51.77-#51.85

Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Sheets each: …

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Gemini G.E.L. #51.77-#51.85

Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Sheets each: 16" x 22"

This lot has a 25% buyer's premium.

Signature
Each signed with edition and date in pencil with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp lower right margin of sheet
Publisher
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Frank Stella
American, b. 1936
Follow

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.

Frank Stella

Purple Series, 1972

The full suite of nine color lithographs on Zerkall Copperplate Deluxe paper
16 × 22 in
40.6 × 55.9 cm
Edition 87/100
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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