FRANK STELLA "SHARPSVILLE", 1972
Caviar20 is excited to be offering this exceptional and iconic example of Frank Stella's work.
Stella's oeuvre encapsulates many of the key developments in post-war American art; notably the rejection of abstract expressionism and the introduction of hard-edge abstraction, Op art and Minimalism.
Stella was one of the first artists who sought to elevate the picture-as-object, dismissing the idea of using paint as an expressive form in the creation of abstract art. Furthermore, there was no allusion to the material world or an emotional state. "Sharpsville" from 1972 is a powerful example of Stella’s cool and detached artwork, as opposed to the expressive and gestural painting of the Abstract Expressionists.
Stella began working with printmaking in the mid-sixties notably at Gemini G.E.L in Los Angeles. The medium was experiencing both a renaissance and an evolution that involved a variety of new print and ink methods. Stella was an important contributor during this era and he would adopt or innovate techniques that would become an integral part of his practice.
This work features an intricacy of gradient greys and definitive edges, which contrast with the paper underneath. The geometric square sits in the lower-left corner of the page, contributing to the contrasts between color-coated, and bare paper. "Sharpsville" demonstrates the artist’s signature motif and technique; using a lithographic crayon to create the illusion that the works have been hand-sketched.
Like many of Stella's creations, the connection between the artwork and the title is ambiguous or even arbitrary. The title can often be simply a topic or character that was relevant to the artist at the time of creating the work, but that doesn't necessarily have a link to the artwork itself.
Stella's work can be found in the collections of important institutions around the world. In 1970, he became the youngest artist to be the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2009, Stella was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.
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Signed, numbered and dated 1972 by the artist
From an edition of 100
Very good condition.
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