Saturday, March 18, 2017

La Scienza della Fiacca (Detail)



"Frank Stella, an iconic figure of postwar American art, is considered the most influential painter of a generation that moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In his early work, Stella attempted to drain any external meaning or symbolism from painting, reducing his images to geometric form and eliminating illusionistic effects. His goal was to make paintings in which pictorial force came from materiality, not from symbolic meaning. He famously quipped, “What you see is what you see,” a statement that became the unofficial credo of Minimalist practice. In the 1980s and '90s, Stella turned away from Minimalism, adopting a more additive approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick." ~ www.artsy.net



5 comments:

  1. ...where's the Minimalism here?

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  2. It looks like my material scrap bag with some paint thrown in!

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  3. Very colourful! I looked him up- our gallery has three of his works, but I didn't see them when I was in this week, so it's possible they were in a side gallery space or in the vaults at present.

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  4. There are several of his large murals around town here but I've not seen any works like this one before - probably needs to be seen in person.

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  5. I do like the colours within this painting.

    All the best Jan

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