A BEAUTIFUL MIND
by Phyllis Tuchman
"Frank Stella 1958," the touring survey of 20 works made by the celebrated contemporary painter in the year that he graduated from Princeton University, is a gem of an exhibition. Now on view at the Menil Collection in Houston, the show opened in early 2006 at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge and appears at the Wexner Center in Columbus later this fall. For those seeking insight into the origins of Minimalism, that avatar of the late 20th-century avant-garde, "Frank Stella 1958" is not to be missed.