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Frank Stella 1958


Frank Stella, Blue Horizon, 1958
Frank Stella 1958
Sept 16, 2006–Dec 31, 2006
"A vivid back story for a Stella legend."--NEW YORK TIMES

Experience a turning point in modern painting and the early career of influential postwar artist Frank Stella. Focusing exclusively on a single year, 1958, this exhibition brings together almost 20 monumental canvases created during a seminal, experimental year for the young artist, then just out of college. With their surprisingly radiant, expressive fields of color and brushstroke stripes, the paintings of 1958 preceded the stark, more rigid black paintings that Stella produced the next year and that won him fame for their radical departure from abstract expressionism. This exhibition brings most of these surprising and historically neglected works together for the first time. Organized by the Harvard University Art Museums and curated by Harry Cooper, Curator of Modern Art, Fogg Art Museum, and Megan R. Luke, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.

The Wexner Center is the final venue for this show, which originated at Harvard's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and also traveled to The Menil Collection in Houston. A catalogue published by the Harvard University Art Museums and Yale University Press accompanies the show.

Art and Ideas Gallery TalkHarry Cooper on Frank Stella 1958
Tue, Oct 3, 2006 | 1:00PM

Come back to the galleries on October 3 for a gallery talk with Harry Cooper, cocurator of Frank Stella 1958. Cooper is Curator of Modern Art at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum.

image credits

Blue Horizon, 1958
Enamel and oil on canvas
6 ft. 61 in. x 6 ft. 1 in. (185.4 x 185.4 cm)
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University
Gift of Lawrence Rubin

Red River Valley, 1958
Oil on canvas
7 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 7 in. (231.1 x 200.7 cm)
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
Gift of Lawrence Rubin, 1973.135
Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Morro Castle, 1958
Enamel on canvas
6 ft. 7/8 in. x 8 ft. 11 7/8 in. (215 x 274 cm)
Kunstmuseum Basel, G1974.32
Photo by Martin Buhler, Kunstmuseum Basel

All images © 2005 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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