Frank Stella

Bio

Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker best known for his use of geometric patterns and shapes. Arguably one of the most important living American artists, Stella painted with the intent to flatten surfaces and often chose shaped canvases, exploring Minimalism in his earlier works and graduating to maximalist paintings involving relief and sculptural elements in the 1970s. He was influenced by fellow American painter Jasper Johnsafter viewing his first solo exhibition. “No art is any good unless you can feel how it’s put together,” he once said. “By and large it’s the eye, the hand and if it’s any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist’s body; you can really lean on it.” Born on May 12, 1936 in Malden, MA, Stella went on to study history at Princeton University before moving to New York where he launched his career as a Modernist and Geometric Abstractionist artist. One of his more famous works, Die Fahne Hoch!(1959) can be found in the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, and he has also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. Stella currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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