FRANK STELLA "ECCENTRIC POLYGON" SCREENPRINT, 1974
Frank Stella created the series of "Eccentric Polygons" in 1974.
It is his last body of prints before he transitions to the exuberant, Baroque-busy, elaborate style that defined his aesthetic to this day.
Not surprisingly, these canvases featured prominently in the recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum (in NYC) which will also tour nationally in 2016.
The "Polygon" paintings were created during 1965-1967, each form was created in four different color combinations. Their curious names, this example is called "Sunapee", come from small towns and locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where Stella and his father would go fishing during his youth.
Aesthetically there is a subtle but significant difference between the canvases and the prints.
Like many of Stella's multiples, there is a trompe d'ceil effect; the sections of color appear to have been sketched in with a crayon yet bound in with a sharp outline. The canvases, on the other hand had dense flat colors. Stella would intentionally use cheap tape when sectioning the works so color would bleed between the forms.
This is the first example we've offered from the "Eccentric Polygons' series.
Color Trial Proofs are a fascinating and very rare component of the edition. "Sunup" was an edition of 100, while there were only 7 CTPs. Interestingly, there is a significant color difference between the CTP and the edition; here the colors are more harmonious, most significantly with magenta replacing papaya orange.
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Signed, numbered and dated 1974 by the artist
Color trial proof 7 (from an edition of 7)
Lithograph and screenprint.
22"H 17"W (work)
Minor age marks, tape residue.
Overall good condition.
Detailed condition report available by request.