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Title

Khurasan Gate variation II

1970

Artist

Frank Stella

United States of America

12 May 1936 –

  • Details

    Date
    1970
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    304.8 x 914.4 x 7.6 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1977
    Location
    20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
    Accession number
    420.1977
    Copyright
    © Frank Stella/ARS. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Frank Stella

    Works in the collection

    8

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  • About

    This artwork forms part of Frank Stella’s 'Protractor' series, in which he experimented with large, shaped canvases that gave his paintings sculptural or even architectural qualities. Its mathematically derived composition and bold colours have much in common with the ’hard-edge’ and ’colour field’ approaches to abstraction that interested many artists around the world in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    The title of this painting, however, transports us to another time and place. Khurasan (or Khorasan) is a historical region lying to the west of the river Amu Darya, encompassing parts of present-day Iran and Turkmenistan. Stella travelled to Iran in 1963 and the combination of curves and right angles that we find in 'Khurasan Gate variation II' were inspired by his encounter with Islamic art and architecture.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Frank Stella

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