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An image of Untitled by Frank Stella

Frank Stella

(United States of America 12 May 1936 – )

Title
Untitled
Year
1965
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions

160.0 x 320.5 x 7.7 cm

Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2010.73
Copyright
© Frank Stella/ARS. Licensed by Visopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

‘In the 1950s and 60s Frank Stella was a leading advocate for American artists who were attempting to break with the tradition of European painting that made reference to the world of visual effects beyond the canvas beyond art. Stella wanted to make an art form that was complete in itself, with as little internal division of its form as possible. His early paintings were determined by certain givens, such as the width of the canvas or paintbrush, or the nature of the paint itself. Stella said he wanted to to ‘keep the paint as good as it was in the can’. He had a favourite house-painting brush 2¾ inches wide and stretched his canvas over stretcher bars that were also 2¾ inches wide – both determining the width of the stripes painted parallel to the stretcher. This structural premise can be considered as the trigger for American minimalism.’

Bibliography (3)

Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 48-49 (illus.), 86.

Anthony Bond, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The minimal edge, Frank Stella, Carl Andre, Donald Judd', pg.78-99, Sydney, 2011, 85 (colour illus.), 84, 86-87 (colour illus.). illustration on page 85 is a detail

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 6 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view

Exhibition history (2)

From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003