Frank Stella

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Born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1936, Frank Stella is considered an iconic figure of postwar American art. He earned his degree, in history, from Princeton University before moving to New York in 1958, where he began to realize his artistic talents. Drawn towards “flatter” surfaces in his early work, Stella crafted a series of minimalist paintings. He employed the philosophy of draining his work from any external meaning or symbolism, reducing his images to geometric form. From the mid-1980s to the mid 1990s, Stella crafted a large body of work dedicated to the exploration of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. At the same time, Stella’s work gave through to full three dimensionality, forms that were derived from architectural elements such as cones, pillars, and French curves. In order to create these works, Stella began with collages or maquettes that were then enlarged and constructed with the use of assistants, industrial sized metal cutters, and digital technology. These polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures provide a jarring contrast to the minimalist paintings of his early career.