Frank Stella has been pushing boundaries for decades, constantly seeking out new means of art-making — and succeeding time and again. Stella’s occupation with formalist concerns has led to intensive and rich explorations of line, color, texture and the potential of the pictorial surface to reach beyond the flat canvas to the realm of volume, space and light. Exploring how to force illusionistic space out of painting, Stella created the seminal Black Paintings, credited by some as reinventing Modernism and establishing the basis for Minimalism. Loosening the boundaries of the pictorial surface by introducing relief into his art, Stella eventually moved into three-dimensional sculpture and architecture. Stella’s collaboration with master printer Ken Tyler led to the breakthrough technique referred to today as offset lithography. Stella is recognized as being as important to the art of fine printmaking as to painting. His main concern in the recent year though was sculpture.
Born in Malden, Massachusetts, 1936, Stella studied art history and painting at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and later graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in history. The only living artist to be honored with two retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Stella’s work can be found in the collections of eminent museums throughout the world. Stella has lived and worked in New York for the past 40 years. Frank Stella has recently been exhibited in a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA, in 2016.