Lot Details

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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Publication: The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonne, Axsom
Catalogue Raisonné: II.C (page 171), Axsom
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin, Image
Location: Upper right, Lower right, Center
Notes: creasing throughout white margin area to the right, some overlapping onto blue color right margin (see photo), slight creasing approx 1 inch middle top of sheet.
Degree: Moderate
Indentations / Ding
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right
Notes: slight indentation (ding) approx 1 mm right white margin
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 35 x 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm.)
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