FRANK STELLA "UNION PACIFIC" SCREENPRINT, 1970
"Union Pacific" is an interesting anomaly in Frank Stella's prints of the 1960's and early 1970's. Stella consciously positioned the shapes towards the left hand margin, with the intention of exaggerating the impact of the form and in turn creating an almost signature affect. "Union Pacific" tries to defy this convention because it is significantly wider, almost double the size of not only the other works in the "Aluminum Series" but also in "Benjamin Moore" or "Les Indes Galantes" and "Black Paintings"
The "Aluminum Series" prints were based upon paintings he created in 1961. The titles were inspired by mostly literary allusions.
In these works, Stella unites several of his most marked and insurgent artistic elements; the shaped canvas, the absence of color, the use of household paints, irrational geometry and a highly ambiguous title.
"Aluminum" was created at time when Stella had established himself as one of the most innovative abstract painters.
In 1970 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented a retrospective of Stella's work making him the youngest artist at the time to receive such a distinction.
Stella began working in printmaking in the mid-sixties and it would continue to be an important part of his practice.
"Aluminum Series" is one of the most desirable groups of prints that Stella created. They can be found in the permanent collection of the Whitney, the Walker Arts Center, the National Gallery of Australia and the Brooklyn Museum to mention a few.
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Signed, numbered and dated 1970 by the artist
From an edition of 75
Screenprint and lithograph on Arjomari paper
Very good condition.