canada africa partner reservation American abstract artist Frank Stella dies at the age of 87

American abstract artist Frank Stella dies at the age of 87


Frank Stella, the American abstract artist, died on Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 87. Cause of death was lymphoma according to wife Harriet McGurk.

Representative Marianne Boesky said in a statement: “It has been an honor to work with Frank over the past decade. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy.”

Born in 1936 Massachusetts, Stella studied painting with Patrick Morgan at Phillips Academy Andover. Further studies in history and painting at Princeton under Stephen Greene and William Seitz. Moved to New York in the late 1950s.

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Gained early fame with monochromatic ‘Black Paintings’ that were exhibited at the MoMA at the age of 22. These works became his greatest contribution to the post-war abstract movement. Used house paint and a wide brush to create black stripes with thin visible canvas lines.

Stella remained productive for sixty years, incorporating mixed media and geometric canvases into his work, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Critically acclaimed works include the ‘Protractor Series’ with curved lines and bright colors (late 1960s/early 1970s) and neon-speckled ‘Moby Dick’ sculptures (1980s/1990s).

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A giant in the art world, Stella’s influence transcends the abstract movement. His ability to push boundaries and challenge traditional views of painting and sculpture secured his place among the most important artists of the 20th century.

His early ‘Black Paintings’ helped lay the foundation for Minimalism, an important art movement that emphasizes simplicity and basic forms. Even today, Stella’s exploration of geometric shapes and the blurring of the boundaries between painting and sculpture continues to inspire contemporary artists working in geometric abstraction.