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Frank Stella (American, b.1936)
LOT ID: 94128
Centennial Celebration of Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970

Screenprint, on light board
35 х 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm.)
Signed, hand signed and numbered. Bears The Metropolitan Museum of Art's distinctive blindstamp
Edition 142/250
Foundry/Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lot description
For offer here is a rare, limited edition hand signed and numbered silkscreen, by American master Frank Stella. It was created in 1970 -a most desirable era - to celebrate the Centennial of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1870-1970).This work is hand signed, numbered 142/250 and dated 1970 by Frank Stella. It was published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and printed by A. Poster. It features the distinctive blind stamp of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This work is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Frank Stella's printed works. (The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonne 1967-1982) by Richard H. Axsom. The plate is II.C. (page 171 Axsom IIC).

The print itself is permanently mounted on board, so it is ready to be framed. It is a superb impression, though there is rippling throughout the right margin starting in the blue area, some rippling and a small indentation on the white margin, mid right, and minor rippling at the top mid section of the print. It is being offered at a bargain price due to these flaws which are mostly evident up close.

Otherwise, a stunning bright, beautiful strong impression - a classic piece of color field/Op Art from the turn of the decade of the Seventies. According to the raisonne, the imagery in this screenprint is derived from the center section of Stella's painting Agbatana II (1968) of the Protractor Series paintings that the artist created in 1967-1970.
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Centennial Celebration of Metropolitan Museum of Art by Frank Stella
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