art history

Frank Stella

Frank Stella, born in 1936, is one of the most important post-war American artists, a master of post-painting abstraction (in the spirit of Hard-edge painting or “sharp edge style”).                    The 50 s were the heyday of Frank Stella's artistic talent. A cycle of works with the gloomy name "Black paintings" appeared. Such a unique and original style immediately distinguished Stella from a number of other representatives of art. All canvases were literally “impregnated” with the author's vision of the artist.
All works, of course, are made in black and white. The question does not arise here: “Are these paintings black with white stripes or white with black?”. We remember the name, and everything falls into place. The surface of the paintings is filled with stripes running parallel to the edges and separated by thin white spaces. Of course, the success of the artist could not go unnoticed. Soon, the owner of the New York gallery Leo Castelli drew his attention to the talent of Frank Stella. It was this man who showed the light of Stella's creations.
And it all started with the fact that the gallery owner, recognizing the artist's paintings as brilliant, exhibited these paintings at home. From that moment on, Frank Stella's artworks became popular. After the "Black Paintings" using aluminum paint, the artist writes "Aluminum Paintings".
The love for the iron theme does not end there, and the cycle "Copper Paintings" appears. Frank refuses boring simple figures and begins to draw the letters of the Latin alphabet.
LUT. The direction of the stripes depicted in this way determined the external forms of the work. Soon, this style of writing was called "curly canvas" or shaped canvas. By the way, The Benjamin Moore series made such an impression on Andy Warhol that he bought them all. In his works, the artist used not just paints. Stella's favorite tools included wire mesh and pieces of steel pipes, with which the master literally cut through the reliefs of the canvases. Such a long and interesting way from black minimalistic lines to 3D artworks full of colors. But what remains unchanged is Frank's view of art. Simple and meaningless. "You see what you see".