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Frank Stella (American, b.1936)
LOT ID: 66978
Furg: from the Merce Cunningham Portfolio, 1975

Lithograph, Screenprint
18 х 23 in. (45.72 x 58.42 cm.)
Signed, stamped, hand signed and dated in pencil from the edition of 100
bears publishers' blindstamp and inkstamps
\bears exhibition label from Indianapolis Museum of Art, verso of frame
Print/Casting Year 1975
Edition 100
Foundry/Publisher Multiples, Inc. and Castelli Graphics, New York. (Printed by Gemini GEL)
Lot description
"Furg" (named after an Iranian Citadel) is related to Frank Stella's Iranian series paintings of 1965, and is one of seven prints created in 1975 for the Merce Cunningham Portfolio, which included the work of John Cage, Jasper Johns, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. This benefit portfolio for the Merce Cuningham Dance Company commemorated former collaborations of these artists with Cunningham. (In 1967, Frank Stella had designed the set and custumes for the Cunningham dance, "Scramble".) Merce Cunningham was one of the most important and influential choreographers of the past century who, in 1953, formed his own ensemble that performed for more than five decades, and only recently concluded its final farewell tour, following the 2009 death of its founder.

This screenprint and offset litograph was made in 11 runs from 6 screens and 5 plates.

It is sold framed and measures 18 inches (horizontal) by 23 inches (vertical). The sheet itself measures 17 inches by 22 inches.

"Furg" is hand signed and dated from the limited edition of only 100. It was published by Multiples, Inc. and Castelli Graphics, New York, and was printed by Gemini G.E.L. Processing and proofing, and edition printing: lithography, Graphics, Press; screenprinting, John Roberts, Robert Knisel, Collaboratino and supervision: Ron McPherson, Jeff Wasserman.

This print was exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and bears the museum label and price from rental gallery on the verso of the frame. It is in fine condition and ships framed.

This work is fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Frank Stella's prints. (Axsom, Hudson Hills Press, 1983)
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