FRANK STELLA "CASA CORNU" LITHOGRAPH, 1970
If one is interested in Frank Stella's association with Op Art, one doesn't need to look much further than his hypnotic and minimal "Aluminum Series" from 1970.
The "Aluminum Series" prints were based upon paintings he created around a decade earlier. The titles were inspired by mostly literary allusions.
In these works, Stella recalls several of his most marked and insurgent artistic elements; the shaped canvas, the absence of color, the use of household paints, mysterious geometry and highly ambiguous titles.
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 example from "Aluminum Series" is a paradigm of his work. Alongside "Union Pacific" it is notable as the composition nearly takes up the entire width of the sheet.
This work can be found in many prestigious museum collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), the National Gallery (Washington D.C.) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) to mention a few.
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Signed, numbered and dated 1970 by the artist
From an edition of 75
Lithograph and screenprint on Arjomari paper
Framed in the original plexiglass box.
Very good condition.
Literature: pg. 89 & 93 "Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne" 2016, Axsom et all.
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