Frank Stella, ‘Sidney Guberman’, 1972, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

The Purple Series was the second, and also the last, set of prints to be produced from lithographic stones. The men and women whose names were appropriated as titled for the Purple Series paintings (1963) and prints constitute a gallery of Stella's circle of friends in the New York art world. Sidney Guberman was sculptor and classmate of Stella at Princeton University.

Published by Gemini G.E.L (FS72-442)
Printed by Ron Adams, assisted by Cherles DeLong

Signature: Signed "F.Stella 72" lower right.

Frank Stella Graphic Works, May 2007, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

The Prints of Frank Stella. A catalogue Raisonné 1967-1982, Richard H. Axsom

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