Frank Stella, a Manhattan-based painter associated with Minimalism and Post- Painterly Abstraction, has been painting for more than fifty years. Born in Massachusetts, Stella attended Phillps Academy in Andover and studied painting and Art History at Princeton. The innovative style of his early work was a reaction against Abstract Expressionism. In the 1980s he moved away from minimal aesthetics employing a more improvisational style combining two and three dimensional elements. He is noted for his cool, detached, simple paintings featuring geometric patterns. In 1984, Stella was invited to give the Charles Elliot Norton Lectures by Harvard University. In 2009, Stella was awarded the National Medal of Art by President Barack Obama. Stella’s work is collected my most major art institutions around the world. His first retrospective was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1970; he was the youngest artist to receive a retrospective at MoMA. Since then he has had numerous retrospectives in museums across the United States, Europe and Japan.
photo: Frank Stella, 1964, by Ugo Mulas