Frank Stella born 1936

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Frank Stella - Fattiburg, from Imaginary Places II
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 16.380 USD
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Frank Stella - Then Came a Dog and Bit the Cat, from Illustrations After El Lissitzky\'s Had Gadya
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 18.900 USD
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Frank Stella - Shards I
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Contemporary Edition
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 13.860 USD
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Frank Stella - Jonah Historically Regarded, from Moby Dick Domes (A. 210)
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Editions Southampton
June 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 37.800 USD
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Frank Stella - The Hyena (Axsom 195)
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 7.000 - 9.000 EUR
Realised: 13.860 EUR
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Frank Stella - Itata, from V series (Gemini G.E.L. 76, A. & K. 23)
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 5.292 GBP
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Frank Stella - Untitled (Study for Stacks)
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 48.000 USD
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Frank Stella - Untitled (Study for MoMa Poster)
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 1.184.400 USD
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Frank Stella - The Dart (D-15-IX)
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 327.600 USD
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Frank Stella - Green Journal
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 19.125 USD
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Frank Stella - Protractor Variation
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 900.000 - 1.200.000 USD
Realised: 1.077.300 USD
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Frank Stella - Bonin Night Heron
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 113.775 USD
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The artist Frank Stella

  • US artist of Analytical Painting, Hard Edge and Colour Field painting.
  • The Black Paintings, first exhibited in 1959, are now iconic works of minimalism.
  • Designed large parts of The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.

Frank Stella, born 12 May 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts, is an American artist associated with Analytical Painting, Hard Edge and Colour Field painting. Stella studied history at Princeton University in New Jersey until 1958 and then moved to New York. While still studying history, he devoted himself to painting by taking courses with abstract expressionists such as William C. Seitz and Stephen Greene. These courses and visits to various art galleries of New York influenced his early work.

At first, Stella also oriented himself towards the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Soon, he found a new source of inspiration in the works of artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and, in particular, the Target Paintings of Jasper Johns, which he encountered at Johns' first solo exhibition in 1958. From this point on, he began to design his works increasingly geometrically and to reduce colours. 

In 1959, his Black Paintings, a series of monochrome paintings with symmetrically arranged black stripes on white ground, were shown for the first time as part of the exhibition 16 Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The paintings caused a sensation, among other things because some of the works bore titles associated with National Socialism, while others referred to great misfortunes, slum-like residential areas and New York nightclubs.

The Black Paintings have an ambivalent effect on many viewers, as they are simultaneously perceived as fascinating, highly aesthetic but also oppressive - and thus in a way reflect and decipher the reference points indicated by the titles. His first solo show followed in 1960 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. His paintings were now colourful and also included dynamic elements, ascribing to them "space-staggering qualities"; the inclusion of space generally played an ever-increasing role.

Stella himself once commented on his geometric art with the words: "What you see is what you see". With this statement, he wanted to make it clear that viewers had direct access to his art. In 1970, he was allowed to look at his works in a retrospective at a very young age - for this was dedicated to him by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Stella's portfolio does not only include paintings - large-scale sculptures and the interior design of various buildings were also part of his later work. Between 1992 and 1993 he was allowed to design large parts of the interiors of the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto as well as the foyer in the new building of the Axel Springer House in Hamburg in 1996.

Der Künstler Frank Stella

  • US-amerikanischer Künstler der Analytischen Malerei, des Hard Edge und der Farbfeldmalerei.
  • Die 1959 erstmals ausgestellten Black Paintings sind heute ikonische Werke des Minimalismus.
  • Gestaltete das Foyer des Axel-Springer-Hauses in Hamburg.

Frank Stella, geb. am 12.05.1936 in Malden, Massachusetts, ist ein US-amerikanischer Künstler, der der Analytischen Malerei, der Hard Edge sowie der Farbfeldmalerei zugeordnet wird. Stella studierte bis 1958 an der Princeton University in New Jersey Geschichte und zog anschließend nach New York. Bereits während seines Geschichtsstudiums widmete er sich der Malerei, indem er Kurse bei abstrakten Expressionisten wie William C. Seitz und Stephen Greene absolvierte.

Diese Kurse sowie Besuche in verschiedenen New Yorker Kunstgalerien nahmen Einfluss auf sein frühes Schaffen. So orientierte Stella sich vorerst auch am abstrakten Expressionismus Jackson Pollocks und Franz Klines. Schon bald fand er aber vor allem in den Werken von Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko  und insbesondere in den Target Paintings von Jasper Johns, mit denen er auf dessen erster Einzelausstellung 1958 in Berührung kam, eine neue Inspirationsquelle.

Ab diesem Zeitpunkt fing er an, die Formen in seinen Arbeiten zunehmend geometrischer zu gestalten und Farben zu reduzieren. 1959 waren seine Black Paintings, eine Serie von monochromen Gemälden mit symmetrisch angeordneten schwarzen Streifen auf weißem Grund, erstmals im Rahmen der Ausstellung 16 Americans im Museum of Modern Art in New York zu sehen. Die Gemälde sorgten für Aufsehen, unter anderem weil einzelne der Arbeiten Titel trugen, die mit dem Nationalsozialismus assoziiert wurden, während andere auf große Unglücke, slumartige Wohngebiete und New Yorker Nachtclubs verwiesen.

Die Black Paintings haben auf viele Betrachter eine ambivalente Wirkung, da sie gleichzeitig als faszinierend, hochgradig ästhetisch aber auch beklemmend wahrgenommen werden – und somit in gewisser Weise die durch die Titel aufgezeigten Referenzpunkte widerspiegeln und dechiffrieren. 1960 folgte seine erste Einzelschau in der Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. Seine Bilder waren nun farbig und beinhalteten auch dynamische Elemente, wodurch ihnen »raumstaffelnde Eigenschaften« zugeschrieben werden;

der Einbezug des Raumes spielte generell eine immer größer werdende Rolle. Stella selbst äußerte sich zu seiner geometrischen Kunst einmal mit den Worten: »What you see is what you see.« Mit dieser Aussage wollte er verdeutlichen, dass den Betrachtern ein direkter Zugang zu seiner Kunst möglich sei. 1970 durfte er bereits in sehr jungen Jahren in der Retrospektive auf seine Werke blicken – denn diese widmete ihm das Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In sein Portfolio gehören nicht nur Gemälde – auch großformatige Skulpturen und die innenarchitektonische Gestaltung verschiedener Gebäude kamen später hinzu. 1992 bis 1993 durfte er etwa große Teile der Innenräume des Princess of Wales Theatres in Toronto sowie 1996 das Foyer im Neubau des Axel-Springer-Hauses in Hamburg gestalten.

Frank Stella - Hagmatana I
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 700.000 - 1.000.000 USD
Realised: 2.220.000 USD
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Frank Stella - Club Onyx-Seven Steps, from Black Series I (G. 55, A. 11)
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 5.040 USD
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Frank Stella - Shards V (Axsom 148)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 18.900 USD
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Frank Stella - Estoril Three II (Axsom 139)
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Prints & Multiples
April 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 40.320 USD
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Frank Stella - Riallaro, from \'Imaginary Places\'
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Prints and Multiples
April 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 GBP
Realised: 10.200 GBP
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Frank Stella - Yellow Journal
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Contemporary Edition
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 11.340 USD
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Frank Stella - Pergusa Three, from Circuits (Axsom 143)
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Contemporary Discoveries
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 107.100 USD
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Frank Stella - Talladega Three I, from Circuits
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Contemporary Edition
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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Frank Stella - Referendum \'70
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Contemporary Edition
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 8.820 USD
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Frank Stella - Charlotte Tokayer, from Purple Series
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Prints & Multiples
March 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: 3.825 USD
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Frank Stella - Delma Tepe
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Contemporary Discoveries
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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Frank Stella - Sunapee, from Eccentric Polygons (G. 546, A. & K. 100)
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Editions & Works on Paper
March 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 6.930 USD
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