The White House Gallery – New Acquisitions – Frank Stella

Dear Saada,

frank-stella-imageThis month we’re focusing on the American painter Frank Stella. Please take a moment to browse throughour new acquisitions, and don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any assistance.

Frank Stella (born may 12, 1936) is an American Painterand printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella began his extended engagement with printmaking in the mid-1960s, working first with master printer Kenneth Tyler at gemini G.E.L.

Stella produced a series of prints during the late 1960s starting with a print called Quathlamba I in 1968. Stella’s abstract prints in lithography, screenprinting, etching and offset lithography (a technique he introduced) had a strong impact upon printmaking as an art. In 1967, he designed the set and costumes for Scramble, a dance piece by Merce Cunningham.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of Stella’s work in 1970, making him the youngest artist to receive one. During the following decade, Stella introduced relief into his art, which he came to call “maximalist” painting.

  • In 2009 Frank Stella was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
  • In 2011, Frank Stella was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture by the International Sculpture Centrer.
  • In 2012, a retrospective of Stella’s career was shown at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
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Frank Stella – Then came a dog and bit the cat Date: 1984 Paper size:136 x 131cm Medium: Lithograph, linocut and screenprint in colour with hand-colouring and collage on wove paper
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Frank Stella – Libertina Date: 1995 Paper size:31 x 125.5cm Medium: Relief, screenprint, etching, aquatint, lithograph and engraving in colours Edition of 50 + 12 proofs
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Frank Stella – ShardsII Date: 1982 Paper size:101 x 114.9cm Medium: Offset lithograph and screenprint in colour Edition of 100 + proofs
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Frank Stella – The WaveI, the Pacific Date: 1989 Paper size:185.4 x 138.4cm Medium: Screenprint Edition of 57/60
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Frank Stella – Polar Co-OrdinatesVI Date: 1980 Paper size:38 1/2 x 38inches Medium: Offset lithograph and screenprint Edition of 100 + 20AP


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