Frank Stella

Born: 1936

Hometown: Malden, MA

Lives and Works: New York, NY


Education: BA Art History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1958

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Frank Stella Bio

About The Artist

Frank Stella has been recognized for his innovations in art since the age of 25, when he cast aside the concept of creating illusionistic space in art in favor of the physicality of a flat surface. Perhaps best known for his deviation from the traditional rectangular canvas, Stella's colorful works frequently feature geometric designs and colorful patterns.

Though initially focused on painting and printmaking processes, in the late 1960s, Stella teamed up with Merce Cunningham Dance in designing the set and costumes for the modern dance piece Scramble. Around this time he also began to incorporate three-dimensional elements into his otherwise flat works; first by introducing relief and eventually transgressing into complete sculptures by the mid-1990s.

Stella's work has been included in several important exhibitions that defined 1960s art, among them the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's The Shaped Canvas (1964—65) and Systemic Painting (1966). His art has also been the subject of several retrospectives in museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The artist continues to live and work in New York.


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