Frank Stella  (American, 1936) 

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Frank Stella (American, b.1936) is a painter and printmaker who was born in Malden, MA. He attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and went on to study history at Princeton University. After he graduated in 1958, the artist moved to New York, NY.

In 1958, Stella was inspired by the geometric stripes and rings in Jasper Johns’ first solo exhibition. The next year, his own paintings were included in 16 Americans at the Museum of Modern Art, and, in 1960, Stella had his first New York solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery. In 1961, Stella married Barbara Rose, who went on to become a well-known art critic.

Stella’s works have been featured in various exhibitions in the United States and worldwide, including those held at Haunch of Venison in London, England; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; Gagosian Gallery in New York, NY; The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland. In 1970, when Stella was only in his 30s, the Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of the artist’s work.

Stella has received many awards and honors, including First Prize at the International Biennial Exhibition of Paintings in Tokyo, Japan (1967); Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government (1989); and Gold Medal for Graphic Art Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, NY (1998). The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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Frank Stella, Raków II

 

Frank Stella
Raków II
1971

Van Doren Waxter
Frank Stella, Raków III

 

Frank Stella
Raków III
1971

Van Doren Waxter
Frank Stella, Felsztyn IV

 

Frank Stella
Felsztyn IV
1971

Van Doren Waxter
Frank Stella, A Squeeze of the Hand

 

Frank Stella
A Squeeze of the Hand
1988

Heather James Fine Art
Frank Stella, Ifafa II (from the V Series)

 

Frank Stella
Ifafa II (from the V Series)
1968
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Frank Stella, New Madrid, from Benjamin Moore series

 

Frank Stella
New Madrid, from Benjamin Moore series
1971
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Frank Stella, Shards II (from Shards)

 

Frank Stella
Shards II (from Shards)
1982

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Frank Stella, Ileana Sonnabend; Leo Castelli (from Purple series (2 works))

 

Frank Stella
Ileana Sonnabend; Leo Castelli (from Purple series (2 works))
1972

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Frank Stella, Waves II, (set of 7 works)

 

Frank Stella
Waves II, (set of 7 works)
1985-1989

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Frank Stella, Four Plates (from Black Series I) (set of 4)

 

Frank Stella
Four Plates (from Black Series I) (set of 4), 1967
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Frank Stella, Talladega Three III (from Circuits Series)

 

Frank Stella
Talladega Three III (from Circuits Series), 1982
color relief etching

 

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Frank Stella, And the Holy One, blessed be he, came and smote the Angel of Death (from Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya series))

 

Frank Stella
And the Holy One, blessed be he, came and smote the Angel of Death (from Illustrations after El Lissitzky's Had Gadya series)), 1984-1986
color lithograph, linocut and screenprint w/handcoloring and collage

 

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1936   Born in Malden, MA
1950 - 1954   Studied Painting under Patrick Morgan, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
1954 - 1958   Studied History and Art History under Stephen Greene and William Seitz, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1958   Moved to New York, NY
1967   First Prize, International Biennial Exhibition of Paintings, Tokyo, Japan
1979   Awarded the Claude M. Fuess Distinguished Service Award, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
1981   New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, New York, NY
1981   Medal for Painting, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1981   Honorary Fellowship, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
1983   Appointed the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1984   Honorary Doctor of Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1985   Award of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1985   Honorary Degree, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1986   Honorary Degree, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1989   Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government
1992   Awarded the Barnard Medal of Distinction
1998   Gold Medal for Graphic Art Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2001   Gold Medal of the National Arts Club, New York, NY
2010   Received the 2009 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2014 - 2015   Retrospective, Organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Traveling to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Renzo Piano Building, New York, NY (solo)
2013   Pictures of Nothing - The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913–present - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
S(ch)ichtwechsel! Neue Blicke auf die Sammlung - Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
Il Guggenheim. L'avanguardia americana 1945–1980 - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Poesie der Reduktion - Minimal, Concept, Land Art - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
2012   Frank Stella - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Frank Stella - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
Frank Stella: Selected Prints 1974-1982 - Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The 1960s - The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Frank Stella - Black, Aluminum, Copper Paintings - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
2011   Frank Stella - Haunch of Venison - London, London (England)
Frank Stella - Geometric Variations - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Frank Stella - Polychrome Reliefs und Prints - Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen
Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Frank Stella - 75 Years Anniversary Show - Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich
Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons - Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
2010   Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons - Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Frank Stella - Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
Frank Stella - Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
2009   Frank Stella - Exotic Birds, 1976 - L&M Arts, New York, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Polychrome Relieff - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
Moby-Dick: Frank Stella and Herman Melville - GRAM - Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
2008   Frank Stella Prints, 1980-2008 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Frank Stella: K Series - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Polygons to Printmaking: The Work of Frank Stella, 1958-1997 - Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
2007   space - Galerie Terminus, Munich
Frank Stella - - Galerie Haas & Fuchs - Berlin, Berlin
Frank Stella - Peter Freeman, Inc., New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Bali Series - Galerie Ficher Rohr, Basel
Frank Stella - New Work - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Painting into Architecture - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
2006   Frank Stella - Major Work from the von Kleist Series - Danese, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie,
Frank Stella: Working Collages - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Rizziero Arte, Pescara
Frank Stella - 1958 - Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Frank Stella - Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich
Frank Stella - Galerie Thomas, Munich
Frank Stella - 1958 - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
2005   Frank Stella - Die Marquise von O - Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Frank Stella - Serie Moby Dick - MALBA Colección Costantini - Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Frank Stella - New Work - Waddington Custot Galleries, London (England)
rank Stella - Moby Dick Series - MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, Santiago
Frank Stella - Recent Work - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Frank Stella - Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
Frank Stella: Painting in Three Dimensions - Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
2004   Frank Stella: The Marquise of O Paintings - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Galerie Terminus, Munich
What You See Is What You See: Frank Stella and the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Frank Stella - A Breakthrough In Abstraction - Exotic Birds - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
Frank Stella - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
2003   Frank Stella - Iwate Museum of Art, Morioka
Frank Stella - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London (England)
Frank Stella - The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
Frank Stella - Akira Ikeda - New York, New York City, NY
2002   A Bold Experiment: Ken Tyler and the Printed Image - UMMA - The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Frank Stella - Peinture / Sculpture - Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Frank Stella - Hacilar 1999-2001 - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
2001   Frank Stella - Heinrich von Kleist by Frank Stella - Akira Ikeda - Berlin, Berlin
Frank Stella - Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Frank Stella - Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf
Heinrich von Kleist by Frank Stella - Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Color, Patter and Form - Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Frank Stella at 2000: Changing the Rules, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Miami, FL
The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1999   Abstraction, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Drawing is Another Kind of Language, Parrish Art Museum, organized by Harvard Museums, Southampton, NY
Frank Stella: Easel Paintings, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Frank Stella: New Work, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Rendez-vous, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, NY
Frank Stella: New Paintings, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Frank Stella: Smoke Rings, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
1987   Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1970   Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
  The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  The Tate, London, England
  Vancouver Art Museum, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan
  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
  Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
  Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
  Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada
  Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, MD
  Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
  Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH
  Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX