BIOGRAPHY

Frank Stella (b. 1936) is among the most prominent and prolific living artists. After graduating from Princeton University, Stella began a dedicated painting practice. He immediately received acclaim for his Black Paintings, which were included in “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959...

AWARDS & EDUCATION

1954 Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

1958 BA, Princeton, NJ

1967 First Prize, International Biennial Exhibition of Paintings, Tokyo, Japan

1979 Awarded the Claude M. Fuess Distinguished Service Award, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

1981 New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, New York, NY

1983 Appointed the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1984 Honorary Doctor of Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1985 Honorary Degree, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1986 Honorary Degree, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

1989 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government

1992 Awarded the Barnard Medal of Distinction

1998 Gold Medal for Graphic Art Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

2001 Gold Medal of the National Arts Club, New York, NY

2009 Received the 2009 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010

SOLO EXHIBITION AT A MAJOR INSTITUTION

Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, May 17 - October 11, 2020

Frank Stella: What You See, Tampa Museum of Art, April 2 - August 2, 2020

Frank Stella: Selections From The Permanent Collection, May 5 - Setpember 15, 2019, LACMA, May 5 - September 15, 2019

Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking, MOCA Jacksonville, October 6, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Frank Stella The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection, National Gallery of Australia, November 19, 2016 - July 1, 2017

Frank Stella: A Retrospective, The Whitney, Oct 30, 2015–Feb 7, 2016

COLLECTED BY A MAJOR INSTITUTION

Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Tate, London, England

RECENT PRESS

Purple Magazine

2022-06-26

Frank Stella: Sculpture foregrounds three decades of the artist’s experimentation and expansion of the medium. Conceived in collaboration with the artist, this two-part exhibition features five monumental outdoor sculptures alongside a selection of small-scale works and reliefs across recurring motifs and materials. The earliest works in the show mark his emerging endeavors with computer-modeling and casting at the onset of the 1990s. At 86, Stella continues to break with artistic convention in his most recent body of work, completed in 2022. Typically viewed as transgressive, Stella sculpture signals an end to modernism’s “promise of purity.” These sculptures upend standard geometries through playful shapes and surfaces, seductive materials and finishes. His forms and dynamic movement, already found in his early paintings, take a tiger’s leap into the real.

The New York Times

2021-11-22

On a chilly Saturday morning last weekend, Frank Stella — 85, bespectacled, somewhat scruffy and holding a cane — was overseeing the installation of a sculpture called “Jasper’s Split Star” in the public plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center. “I’m not in such great shape,” he said more than once, but he still moved about his work with excitement, chatting up the small construction crew that was building out the sculpture using a large crane (though, perhaps tellingly for this part of New York, not the largest crane within view).

The New York Times

2021-02-04

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — For Carl Jung, a name was not just a name. In his 1960 book “Synchronicity,” the Swiss psychiatrist proposed that what you’re called may have a determining effect on your whole life, structuring your behaviors and your outlook in ways that resemble a secret compulsion. Someone called Herr Gross (“Mr. Tall,” in German) probably “suffers from delusions of grandeur,” Jung wrote, while Herr Kleiner (“Mr. Little Guy”) “has an inferiority complex.” The good doctor did not spare himself from this diagnosis; why is Herr Doktor Jung so interested in youth, while Freud (“Dr. Joy”) espouses the pleasure principle? A pretty silly theory. But then consider “Frank Stella’s Stars, a Survey,” a quiet but cheering exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum here. Badly misclassified as a “minimalist” since the debut of his striped black paintings in 1959, Stella has spent decades reformatting the shapes and materials of abstract painting — to the point that his bulging reliefs and metal casts became something more sculptural than painterly. How to reconcile the gestures of art in two dimensions with the volumes of three? He found one answer, late in his career, in his own last name: the star (stella, in Italian), a motif he first explored nearly 60 years ago, then abandoned, and has since returned to with verve.