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"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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Publication: Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonne Richard Axsom Hudson Hills Pres, 1983
Catalogue Raisonné: 106, Axsom
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Provenance:
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
Exhibition:
Collaborative Compositions: A Portfolio for Merce Cunningham, January 27-March 16, 2008, Neuberger Museum of Art (a different Edition)
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 23 in. (45.72 x 58.42 cm.)
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