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Frank Stella

The Fossil Whale , 1991

Etching aquatint, relief, Carborundum on white TGL handmade paper
74 3/4 × 54 in
189.9 × 137.2 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Provenance
Signature
Signed and dated in pencil, lower left: F. Stella '91
Series
Moby Dick Engravings 1991
Publisher
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, NY
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
Provenance
Signature
Signed and dated in pencil, lower left: F. Stella '91
Series
Moby Dick Engravings 1991
Publisher
Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, NY
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.

Frank Stella

The Fossil Whale , 1991

Etching aquatint, relief, Carborundum on white TGL handmade paper
74 3/4 × 54 in
189.9 × 137.2 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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