(United States of America 12 May 1936 – )
- Not on display
- Further information
In the 1950s and 60s Frank Stella was a leading advocate for American artists who were attempting to break with the tradition of European painting that made reference to the world beyond art. Stella wanted to make an art form that was complete in itself, with as little internal division of its form as possible. His early paintings were determined by certain givens, such as the width of the canvas or paintbrush, or the nature of the paint itself. Stella said he wanted to ‘keep the paint as good as it was in the can’. He had a favourite house-painting brush 2¾ inches wide and stretched his canvas over stretcher bars that were also 2¾ inches wide – both determining the width of the stripes painted parallel to the stretcher. This structural premise can be considered as the trigger for American minimalism.
- alkyd paint and PVA on canvas
- 160.0 x 320.5 x 7.7 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Accession number
- © Frank Stella/ARS. Licensed by Copyright Agency