FRANK STELLA "REFERENDUM 70" SCREENPRINT, 1970
Frank Stella, like many artists of his generation, was politically active and engaged.
Stella participated in several fundraising efforts where he donated an edition to a worthy cause, such as anti-war demonstrations (see "Angriff" from the Conspiracy Portfolio in 1971) or the Attica Defence Fund (in 1974).
This work, was part of two prong strategy to help the organization "Referendum 70" which was raising funds to support political candidates who were opposed to the Vietnam war.
Stella created two screenprints. One was an edition of 200, signed and numbered. The second (offered here) was also a screenprint, printed at Gemini G.E.L., on identically sized 40" X 40" paper with "Referendum 70" printed boldly at the base, from an edition of 150.
Aesthetically, the "Referendum" screenprints are associated with the Newfoundland Series, which are variations of Stella's famed protractor paintings from 1967-1970.
If we situate this work on Stella's timeline, it is all occurring at a pinnacle of creative and critical success. Stella's unique hard-edge geometric paintings and prints are becoming more ambitious in scale, structure and color. In 1970 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented a retrospective of Stella's work making him the youngest artist at the time to receive such a distinction.
Stella began working in printmaking in the mid-sixties and it would continue to be an important part of his practice. This is the one of largest sized prints Stella would create during the 1970's at Gemini G.E.L.
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From an edition of 150
Image is in excellent condition with vivid colors.
Consistent toning in margins.
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Literature: "The Prints of Frank Stella" Axsom pg. 74-75, 173.
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