FRANK STELLA "PAGOSA SPRINGS" LITHOGRAPH, 1970
"Pagosa Springs" is a paradigm of Frank Stella's work. It is a descendant of his Copper Series paintings from 1960-61. Several of Frank Stella's prints revisit/reinterpret his most successful and iconic paintings.
The Copper Series paintings were some of the most celebrated and widely exhibited works from Stella's early career.
Besides the striking metallic coloring, these works were impactful for their highly original, curiously shaped canvases. This body of work is considered as an important bellwether of Minimalism.
In 1970 Stella created a portfolio of 7 complex prints, named after the mining towns in the mountains of Colorado (that sourced silver and copper) active at the turn of the century. Appropriately these lithographs were created using several screens of metallic copper paints and tinted varnishes.
Stella was an active printmaker and experimented with techniques to achieve a specific aesthetic. These works were first screenprinted before the lithographic inks and varnishes were applied - and as a result are far more than mini reproductions of paintings.
The “Copper Series” lithographs were originally sold as an album. As a result it is quite rare to find individual examples from the series. It is also worth noting that Stella typically created editions of 100 - "Pagosa Springs" is from an edition of 75.
“Pagosa Springs” is one of the most extraordinary images from the series, featured on a full page in Stella’s catalogue raisonné.
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Signed, numbered, and dated 1970 by the artist
Lithograph, screenprint on special Arjomari paper
Printed at Gemini G.E.L Los Angeles
16"H 22"W (work)
22"H 28"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
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