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Frank Stella

United States of America

12 May 1936 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    alkyd paint and PVA on canvas
    160.0 x 320.5 x 7.7 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Frank Stella/ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Frank Stella

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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 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 ‘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.

  • Audio

    Untitled - Frank Stella 2:54

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Frank Stella

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