b. 1936
  • United States
Turnover 2023
Record Sale
$USD 28.082.500

Frank Stella’s artistic journey began during his studies at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He later attended Princeton University, where he produced his iconic “Black Paintings” series, which featured stark geometric patterns executed in black enamel paint. These early works signaled his departure from the gestural style of Abstract Expressionism that dominated the art scene at the time. In the 1960s, Stella gained widespread recognition for his groundbreaking “Protractor Series,” which introduced vivid colors and intricate geometric compositions. His incorporation of three-dimensional elements further pushed the boundaries of traditional painting. The 1970s saw Stella’s transition from painting to large-scale sculptural works. He began using industrial materials like metal, wood, and fiberglass, creating monumental pieces that emphasized form, structure, and color relationships. His “Irregular Polygon” series exemplified this shift towards architectural and sculptural concerns. Stella’s later career continued to evolve with experiments in various styles and media. He explored printmaking, mixed-media constructions, and digital technology, embracing new techniques while staying true to his bold and dynamic visual language. Throughout his career, Stella received numerous awards and honors, and his work was featured in major exhibitions around the world, including retrospectives at prestigious institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. His influence extended beyond the art world, inspiring subsequent generations of artists, designers, and architects. Frank Stella’s enduring legacy lies in his ability to challenge traditional notions of art, form, and space. His innovative spirit, combined with his willingness to push artistic boundaries, has solidified his position as one of the most influential figures in contemporary art.


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“Frank STELLA (1936)
Point of Pines (1959)

Lot # 28/b
215.5 x 278.1 cm
Hammer price: $ 24,500,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 28,082,500
Estimate: $ 25,000,000 – $ 35,000,000
Post-War & Contemporary Art
15 may 2019
New York NY, United States”

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