Frank Stella, ‘Queen Mab (D-21, 1X)’, 1992, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"Architecture can't fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn't real." —Frank Stella

Courtesy of Sotheby's

New York, Knoedler Gallery & Company, Frank Stella: Recent Painting, 1994
New York, Knoedler Gallery & Company, Frank Stella: Multiple Dimensions in the Nineties, May - June 1998

Robert Wallace, Frank Stella’s Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes, Ann Arbor 2000, cat. no. 61, p. 177, illustrated in color

Knoedler Gallery & Company, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in March 2004

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