No art is any good unless you can feel how it's put together. By and large it's the eye, the hand and if it's any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist's body; you can really lean on it.

Frank Stella

Frank Stella b. 1936

Frank Stella is a key figure in postwar American modernism. Born in 1936 in a suburb of Boston, he attended the Phillips Academy where he was introduced to the work of Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman. In 1958, after graduating from Princeton with a degree in history, he moved to New York and worked as a house painter without intent to become an artist–his interest was solely in creation.

Shortly thereafter, while operating from a rented studio shared with artist Carl Andre, Stella was introduced to and later represented by dealer Leo Castelli. Inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, but in a departure from the period, he produced the Black Paintings series. His work emphasized a two-dimensional, flat application of monochromatic paint. At age 25, he exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his work during this time gave way to the Minimalist movement that followed.

Upcoming Lots Frank Stella

Auction Results Frank Stella

FRANK STELLA, Double Gray Scramble | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Double Gray Scramble

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $50,000
FRANK STELLA, Polar Co-Ordinate | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Polar Co-Ordinate

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $37,500
FRANK STELLA, Conway | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Conway

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $37,500
FRANK STELLA, untitled | wright20.com

Frank Stella

untitled

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $15,600
FRANK STELLA, Bene come il sale | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Bene come il sale

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,250
FRANK STELLA, Shards V | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Shards V

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,625
FRANK STELLA, Sinjerli Variation II | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Sinjerli Variation II

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000
FRANK STELLA, Sinjerli Variation II | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Sinjerli Variation II

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $9,000
FRANK STELLA, Swan Engraving Blue, Green Grey | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Swan Engraving Blue, Green Grey

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,255
FRANK STELLA, Spectralia (from Imaginary Places series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Spectralia (from Imaginary Places series)

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,813
FRANK STELLA, Empress of India I (from the V Series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Empress of India I (from the V Series)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,040
FRANK STELLA, Ifafa I (from the V Series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Ifafa I (from the V Series)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,440
FRANK STELLA, Egyplosis (from Imaginary Places II) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Egyplosis (from Imaginary Places II)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,398
FRANK STELLA, Shards V | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Shards V

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,313
FRANK STELLA, Quathlamba II (from the V Series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Quathlamba II (from the V Series)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,313
FRANK STELLA, Itata (from the V Series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Itata (from the V Series)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000
FRANK STELLA, Ifafa II (from the V Series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Ifafa II (from the V Series)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,688
FRANK STELLA, Wolfeboro (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Wolfeboro (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $700–900
result: $4,375
FRANK STELLA, Leo Castelli (from the Purple series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Leo Castelli (from the Purple series)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500
FRANK STELLA, Fortín de las Flores (from Ten from Leo Castelli) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Fortín de las Flores (from Ten from Leo Castelli)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,250
FRANK STELLA, Tuftonboro (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Tuftonboro (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,250
FRANK STELLA, Shards | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Shards

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,125
FRANK STELLA, Conway (from the Eccentric Polygons series) | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Conway (from the Eccentric Polygons series)

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,120
FRANK STELLA, Bilbimtesirol from the Imaginary Places II series | wright20.com

Frank Stella

Bilbimtesirol from the Imaginary Places II series

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,048