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A magnificent multi color lithograph and screenprint with superb provenance as this very piece was exhibited by the Richard Gray Gallery as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art in the early 1980s for its much touted print retrospective: "Frank Stella Prints 1967-1982".

This screenprint and offset litograph was made in 44 runs from 37 plates and 3 screens - same elements as Shards IV, with the addition of 11 plates and 2 screens. It is sold framed and measures 46 inches (vertical) by 40.5 inches (horizontal). The sheet itself measures 45.5 inches by 39.25 inches.

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

Frank Stella (b.1936) combines many processes—lithography, screenprinting, etching, engraving, aquatint, relief, woodcut—in a rare oblong or elliptical format. As much known for his printmaking as his painting, Stella pushes the limits of the medium by crafting the beautiful handmade, dyed papers into three-dimensional sculptures. Frank Stella participated in several exhibitions that defined the 60s including the Guggenheim’s The Shaped Canvas (1964–65) and Systemic Painting (1966), and has had several major retrospectives in America, Europe, and Japan. Stella is one of the most important contemporary printmakers and his art reveals constant growth and change. After attending high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he went on to Princeton University, where he painted and majored in history. Stella’s art was recognized for its innovations before he was twenty-five. In 1959, several of his paintings were included in Sixteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1959–60), and Alfred Barr acquired one of his works for the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Stella joined dealer Leo Castelli’s stable of artists in 1959. He began his extended engagement with printmaking in the mid-1960s, working first with master printer Kenneth Tyler at Gemini G.E.L and in 1973 he had a print studio installed in his New York house. Stella’s work was included in several important exhibitions that defined 1960s art, among them the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s The Shaped Canvas (1964–65) and Systemic Painting (1966). His art has been the subject of several retrospectives in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Among the many honors he has received was an invitation from Harvard University to give the Charles Eliot Norton lectures in 1983–84. He has received honorary degrees from Princeton University, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 1989 he received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government. In 1992 he was awarded the Barnard Medal of Distinction. He was presented with the Gold Medal for Graphic Art award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998. In 2000 he became the only American artist to have been given a solo show at London’s Royal Academy of which he is a member. He was presented with the Gold Medal for Graphic Art award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998. Stella won the Gold Medal of the National Arts Club in New York (2001). In 2009 Stella was the recipient of the Julio Gonzalez Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts in Valencia, Spain and in the same year was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. In 2011, Stella was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center, and has also just received a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Academy of Art.

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Publication: Frank Stella Prints, 1967-1982, catalogue of the exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, Introduction by Judith Goldman
Catalogue Raisonné: 151, Axsom
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Provenance:
  • Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago Whitney Museum of American Art
Exhibition:
Frank Stella Prints 1967-1982, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1/12-3/13, 1983
  • Ships From: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 45.5 x 39.25 in. (115.57 x 99.7 cm.)
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