No art is any good unless you can feel how it's put together. By and large it's the eye, the hand and if it's any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist's body; you can really lean on it.

Frank Stella

Frank Stella b. 1936

Frank Stella is a key figure in postwar American modernism. Born in 1936 in a suburb of Boston, he attended the Phillips Academy where he was introduced to the work of Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman. In 1958, after graduating from Princeton with a degree in history, he moved to New York and worked as a house painter without intent to become an artist–his interest was solely in creation.

Shortly thereafter, while operating from a rented studio shared with artist Carl Andre, Stella was introduced to and later represented by dealer Leo Castelli. Inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, but in a departure from the period, he produced the Black Paintings series. His work emphasized a two-dimensional, flat application of monochromatic paint. At age 25, he exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his work during this time gave way to the Minimalist movement that followed.

Upcoming Lots Frank Stella

FRANK STELLA, Addison Gallery exhibition poster | ragoarts.com

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Frank Stella

Addison Gallery exhibition poster

estimate: $700–900

Auction Results Frank Stella

FRANK STELLA, Shards III | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Shards III

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500
FRANK STELLA, Swan Engraving  Square I (Swan Engraving V) from the Swan Engraving series | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Swan Engraving Square I (Swan Engraving V) from the Swan Engraving series

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $8,125
FRANK STELLA, Merce Cunningham and Dance Company Latin America Tour; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (two works) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Merce Cunningham and Dance Company Latin America Tour; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,500
FRANK STELLA, The Whale Watch from the Moby Dick series | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

The Whale Watch from the Moby Dick series

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,000
FRANK STELLA, York Factory I | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

York Factory I

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $9,375
FRANK STELLA, Pastel Stack | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Pastel Stack

estimate: $4,000–6,000
FRANK STELLA, Green Journal | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Green Journal

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,375
FRANK STELLA, Polar Co-Ordinates VII | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Polar Co-Ordinates VII

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $15,000
FRANK STELLA, Polar Co-Ordinates IV | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Polar Co-Ordinates IV

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $12,500
FRANK STELLA, Jundapur | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Jundapur

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750
FRANK STELLA, Moultonville | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Moultonville

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,063
FRANK STELLA, Chocorua | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Chocorua

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $6,875
FRANK STELLA, Ossipee (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Ossipee (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,375
FRANK STELLA, Conway (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Conway (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
FRANK STELLA, Effingham (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Effingham (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
FRANK STELLA, Hyena Stomp (from Jasper's Dilemma) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Hyena Stomp (from Jasper's Dilemma)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750
FRANK STELLA, Del Mar (from the Race Track series) | ragoarts.com

Frank Stella

Del Mar (from the Race Track series)

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,875