Work of Frank Stella celebrated in captivating new book

Frank Stella, Atalanta and Hippomenes, 2017, painted metal, Pu-foam, Fibreglass, 351 x 409 x 237 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 18)

Celebrated as one of the greatest living American artists, Frank Stella has continued to reinvent himself over decades, captivating audiences with his daring innovations and monumental hybrid painting-sculptures.

Throughout his five-decade career, Stella has tirelessly experimented with scale, colour, depth, texture, and material to create his iconic works. Catapulted into the spotlight during the early 1960s for his minimalist Black Paintings, the artist continued to expand the aesthetic to focus on more radical forms.

Parallel to his paintings, Stella began his extended engagement of exploring the limits of pictorial space through printmaking and etching. Stella’s proclivity for constantly challenging himself continued in the mid-1980s, when the increasingly deep relief of his paintings gave way to full three-dimensionality, with sculptural forms derived from cones, pillars, French curves, waves, and decorative architectural elements. This process eventually evolved into sculptures for public spaces and architectural projects.

For the first time, publishing company Phaidon presents a comprehensive documentation of the artist’s old and new works together in one volume. The book, entitled Frank Stella, examines the artist’s life and career in the context of the contemporary art world. Featured works include his famous 1980’s “Cones and Pillars” series, the twisting metal sculpture series “Alsace-Lorraine” that debuted in the early 1990s, and his recent “Marshmallow Mould” series. Find out more and buy the book here.

Frank Stella, Leeuwarden II, 2017, painted metal, 171 x 295 x 106 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (pages 34-5)

Frank Stella, Leeuwarden II, 2017, painted metal, 171 x 295 x 106 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (pages 34-5)

Frank Stella, The Broken Jug. A Comedy [D#3] (Left Handed Version), 2007, marine ply and pine, 475 x 515 x 360 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 75)

Frank Stella, The Broken Jug. A Comedy [D#3] (Left Handed Version), 2007, marine ply and pine, 475 x 515 x 360 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 75)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: K.507, 2016, painted elasto plastic RPT with metal, 58 x 46 x 41 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 93, lower right)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: K.507, 2016, painted elasto plastic RPT with metal, 58 x 46 x 41 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 93, lower right)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: Puffed Net Star (Smoke 1), 2014, painted RPT with metal, 53 x 31 x 28 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 95)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: Puffed Net Star (Smoke 1), 2014, painted RPT with metal, 53 x 31 x 28 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 95)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: K.432, 2013, painted ABS RTP and metal, 150 x 142 x 132 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 101)

Frank Stella, Scarlatti K series: K.432, 2013, painted ABS RTP and metal, 150 x 142 x 132 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 101)

Frank Stella, K.304, 2013, aluminum and stainless steel, 920 x 1270 x 1170 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 121)

Frank Stella, K.304, 2013, aluminum and stainless steel, 920 x 1270 x 1170 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 121)

Frank Stella, Organdie, 1997, acrylic on canvas, 396 × 396 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 67 and front cover)

Frank Stella, Organdie, 1997, acrylic on canvas, 396 × 396 cm. Picture credit: artwork © Frank Stella (page 67 and front cover)