Medium
Signature
Hand signed, numbered and dated in pencil lower right
Series
Star of Persia Series
Publisher
Gemini

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.

High auction record
$28.1m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2016
Frank Stella: A RetrospectiveModern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Frank Stella: A Retrospectivede Young Museum
2015
Frank Stella: A RetrospectiveWhitney Museum of American Art
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Star of Persia l, 1967

Lithograp. on English Vellum graph paper
26 × 31 in
66 × 78.7 cm
Edition 58/92
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Location
Boca Raton, New York, Bridgehampton
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Medium
Signature
Hand signed, numbered and dated in pencil lower right
Series
Star of Persia Series
Publisher
Gemini

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.

High auction record
$28.1m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
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