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 Frank Stella  (1936 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: geometric minimal image painting, collage

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Jorge Ibarra

Painting at Pratt
Hi Stella,

I am an artist at Pratt in Brooklyn, majoring in painting. I have studied American abtraction and modernism throughout my undergrad and recently been studying your and Kelly's works and lectures. I came up with a different approach to American abstraction but ended up at the same place; painting in relation to the architecture.
I really enjoyed listening to your lectures. I laughed in joy, when you mentioned 3-D printing as the new revolutionary tool for creation; I am excited to be doing research in art and technology. Another thing that cracked me up, was this random video of someone approaching you on film at an opening and says, "do you think modernism has run out of gas...but putting art into architecture is useful in a way."
I laugh because I don't see a complete separation of architecture and art; I see architecture as a byproduct of art. Art speaks about the human condition and the home/space, has a long history that speaks about the human condition that's been around before architecture; think of caves, there are cave paintings in a space that man did not create(the paintings speak of nature.) There is a direct correlation to space and object. An object, being a painting, has a given relationship to the architecture of the space. This became more evident to me when I began painting on irregular shape canvases; the shape became highly influential on the architecture. So, now I'm investigating spaces that are highly influential to the painting/object. It feels like the whole chicken and eggs dilemma.
I want to ask you if you could give a lecture at pratt one day before I graduate, but I doubt that'll happen because of time constraints. Hope we will meet in the art world one day!

Jorge Ibarra

Nareg Ghazarian

Abstract Expressionism
Dear Mr. Stella,
I am a Student at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. I was given the assignment to write and present the work of an Artist that I liked, someone that worked with Abstract Expressionism post WWII. I of course choose you because I’ve been a big fan of your work for a long time. I would really appreciate it if you could answer just 1 question for me, it would really help me out for my final paper and presentation. I was just wondering why you decided you change your style, you started off by doing very linier work and would later move on to using arches and curves and even sculptures. It would truly make my day to hear back from you and Thank you so much for your time!

kathy powell

several early works
PLEASE CONTACT ME! Regarding some of your very early works given to my mother by your father Dr. Stella! Thank you!
Kathy Powell

Lynne Larson

Peformance of Merce Cunningham's Scramble with Frank Stella Set
Hello, Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City will be performing Merce Cunningham's 1968 work, Scramble with set pieces by Frank Stella this October 6-8. We would love to have the artist's feedback about the process of working with Merce Cunningham and their collaboration. We are having the set built for the performance via the Cunningham Foundation's great historical notes. We would appreciate any knowledge you would like to share. Thank you!

Shaun Douglas

Frank stellas email
Hi Frank my name is Shaun Douglas
I use to work for you,building your sculptures to scale out of bulsa wood and magnesium ,with Jim Hickie in Bridgeport CT at one of the Swan buildings in the mid 80s. I always thought your art was very cool. At the time I was 17 years old, I had no idea who I was working for, i was just working to have money for beer and to chase woman, but I thought it was cool working on your art, you asked me if I was a artest, and I said yes but I was afraid of what people would think of my work, you told me not to worry about what people thought,and when I was ready just do it, and if I had any thing that you could see, I said not yet. Years pass and nowi am doing some art. I am now 42 years I think I have my own style, no I don't care what people will think,,but I would like to know if I can email you one of my latest title ,Vagina Dialog painting done on muslin canvas, jesso base, with French oil, it is not done yet but it would mean allot to me for your feed back. Would you be able to send your email to my email so I can send you a picture of my painting.
I am at
thanks Shaun

Sir Vertual

Frank Stella
I have been a Stella (fan?)
inspired(?) artist since I started working and showing my work in 1979-80...Although I could blame limited exposure,(success) on being geographically challenged (NC) or becomming disabled with an inflammatory genetic disease (which complications from the same genetic 'screw-up' took my older brother a couple of years business partner & talented ASMP photographer)...I did have a show at SECCA several years ago, after which I had the realization that I'd either have to knock on ad agency doors and market myself as an aillustrator or move to NY (even in the late 80's NY seemed to have more than enuf artists)...So, without selling out completeley, I adapted - 'chameleonized' & raised the family and (somehow) survived - (so far) in the gray area (illustrator, commercial artist, art director, designer, etc, even detouring into the use of live coral w/ custom life support & cabinetry for display).

Regardless, my condition is degenerative & noticing I'm not (getting) any younger. I'd like to know if anyone can assist in contacting Stella (via email, snail-mail???)...

I've met/spoken to numerous successful artist, but have been unsuccessful in contacting Stella...
Soo...any sincere assistance in getting an email to him would be appreciated.

PS: One 'HiLite' was meeting 'Stanley Boxer' several years ago, which turned out - only a few years prior to 'his' passing...but still today, a source of 'often' insiration...Thanks, Kindest regards, etc...
Any help would be appreciated, sincerely...

Candy Gray

Lac Laronge IV
I have enjoyed seeing Stella's artwork at the Toledo Museum of Art. It's Lac Laronge IV. I have a question about it--I wonder if anyone can help me. It's from the protractor series and every color area is separated from aech other by white lines, EXCEPT one. Does anyone know why that is? Thanks.

jonathan colcord

Frank Stella Sr.
Hi- I'm looking to contact Frank Stella the artist. I've been going through an archive of old sports photos from Tufts University in the late 1920s, early 1930s which belonged to my grandfather, and I have some of a Frank Stella on the Tufts wrestling team I believe. If Frank could contact me, I would love the opportunity to pass these along to him. I believe the Frank Stella in my images is his father. Thank you! -Jon Colcord (grandson of Raymond G. Ockert M.D.)

Frank P

Frank's Father delivered me
My name is Frank too. I was also born in Malden Massachusetts and I was delivered by Frank's father Frank Stella Sr. who was an OB/GYN. I think I was Dr. Stella's last delivery! I would love to meet Frank someday.

Mary Lyons

hello Mr.Stella
Frank, my name is mary lyons. I have met your mom. my mom, Sandy Lyons, has taken care of her in her house. when I went for a visit,she was doing well. I am sorry she has passed away. It was nice talking to you.
Mary Lyons

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M. Webb

Prinz Friedrich von Homburg Unveiled reported today that the National Gallery of Art unveiled the commissioned sculpture "Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Ein Schauspiel, 3X" by Frank Stella. The work weighs ten tons and measures 40 feet. It is made of aluminum, fiberglass and carbon-fiber swirls. Stella is credited with being an influential force behind the founding of the Minimalist School in the 1960's, and is considered one of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He was born in Massachusetts, where he studied painting at Phillips Academy and became a close friend of the future Minimalist sculptor Care Andre. While studying at Princeton during the mid-1950's, Stella explored the art of Abstract Expressionism but rejected this movement. In 1959, soon after graduating from Princeton, he created a pin-striped black painting on bare canvas that caused a sensation in the New York art world, and helped steer the course of the Minimalists. Stella has exhibited his work, including drawings, prints, sculptures, and installation art, on twelve occasions in Japan, the first show premiering in 1966. In "Violet to Red Violet," there is a gradation of colors from light to dark, each color clearly demarcated and separated by crisp, white borders. This segmentation and precision is one of Stella's representative techniques.

L. Miller

New Sculpture
A new 20,000-pound Frank Stella sculpture: "Prince of Homburg" is to stand at a location outside the southeast corner of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. It will be unveiled sometime this summer. Made from aluminum, stainless steel, fiberglass and carbon fiber it measures 31 by 39 by 34 feet.

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