For almost six decades Frank Stella has been one of the most important and influential figures in the evolution of modern art, expanding the definitions of art and challenging its conventions. Exploring pictorial space — how paintings can seem to expand or contract, lie completely flat or envelop the viewer, suggest movement or foster stillness — has led to some of Stella’s most significant innovations. In its examination of his work, this exhibition considers Stella’s long-standing interest in the picture plane, presenting early paintings that reference the spaces where he lived and worked; his groundbreaking use of color, shape, and volume to map new possibilities for abstraction; and finally his use of advanced technology to evoke new conceptions of space.
I tried to keep the paint as good as it was in the can. Frank Stella
This exhibition is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Presenting Sponsor: Diane B. Wilsey. Curator’s Circle: Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, The Herbst Foundation Inc. Patron’s Circle: Janet Barnes and Thomas W. Weisel Family, and Frances F. Bowes. Additional support is provided by Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas, Richard and Peggy Greenfield, Dr. Giselle Parry-Farris and Mr. Ray K. Farris, and Dorothy Saxe. Presenting Events Sponsor: Max Mara. Lead Event Sponsors: Dominique Le̒vy, Marianne Boesky Gallery.