With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See
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With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

With Artist Frank Stella, What You See Is What You See

Over a decades-long career, Frank Stella has done sculptures, three-dimensional reliefs, brightly-colored geometric shapes and mostly black paintings that literally changed the way people looked at art. (Pictured here: Empress of India, 1965.) 2015 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital Image/The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. Frank Stella does huge work — some of it 20 feet tall and twice as long — so he has a suitably supersized studio about an hour’s drive north of New York City. With hundreds of artworks and tables strewn with ideas in progress, the studio is a museum in itself. “This is a piece from 1970, that’s a piece I guess from the ’80s,” Stella says, “and this is a very recent piece from about a year ago.” He points to one of several free-standing organic forms — a matte black sculpture that looks kind of like the small, dried seedpods he has nearby, but not. It’s different from anything he’s done before. Frank Stella, Eskimo Curlew, 1976. Stella is one of the most influential and respected artists of the 20th century, and at nearly 80 years old he’s still pushing the possibilities of his […]

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