Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide features a selection of Frank Stella's works in Frank Stella: A Retrospective with commentary by Stella himself, along with scholars, writers, artists, and curators.
Narrator: In 1960, Stella began working with aluminum paint, an industrial material intended for painting public railings and radiators.
Frank Stella: The shininess and the metallic quality seemed, I don’t know, to make a surface that was not exactly repellent, but resistant to your perception, or to the way you felt about it. And I felt that, you know, although the Black Paintings, they were sort of thicker and heavier. These paintings seemed lighter and more fragile, and in that sense they seemed to me more abstract, they were less physically present in a way.
Narrator: Stella’s stripe paintings were all based on diagrams. The ones he used for the Aluminum Paintings were a bit more complex than the ones for the Black Paintings. They didn’t follow the rectangular form of the canvas. But Stella found that he did want the stripes to repeat the canvas’s overall form―so he shaped the canvas to line up with the painted design. In this painting, Avicenna, he cut a hole in the center that allowed the wall to show through.
Michael Auping: This was a very new thing for painting to have a hole in the center of your painting that was as much about the wall almost as it was about the painting.
Narrator: Michael Auping.
While these designs moved in your eye back and forth as an illusion, these lines moving inward or outward, then you saw the wall in this hole and it stopped everything. It stopped you in your tracks to see the painting almost less as a painting and more as an industrial painted object.
- 501 Frank Stella, Das Erdbeben in Chili [N#3] (The Earthquake in Chile), 1999
- 502 Frank Stella, Delta, 1958
- 503 Frank Stella, Die Fahne hoch!, 1959
- 504 Frank Stella, Astoria, 1958
- 505 Frank Stella, Avicenna, 1960
- 506 Frank Stella, Creede I and Creede II, 1961
- 507 Frank Stella, Loomings (S-7, 3X – 1st version), 1986
- 508 Frank Stella, The Whiteness of the Whale (IRS-1, 2X), 1987
- 510 Frank Stella, Harran II, 1967
- 509 Frank Stella, Effingham II, 1966
- 511 Frank Stella, Jasper’s Dilemma, 1962
- 512 Frank Stella, Jarmolince III, 1973
- 513 Frank Stella, Gobba, zoppa, e collotorto, 1985
- 514 Frank Stella, Inaccessible Island Rail, 5.5x, 1976
- 515 Frank Stella, Zeltweg, 1982
- 516 Frank Stella, Eskimo Curlew, 1976
- 519 Frank Stella, Raft of the Medusa (Part I), 1990
- 521 Frank Stella, K.144, 2013
- 500 Introduction to Frank Stella: A Retrospective
- 518 Frank Stella, Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation III), 1970
- 520 Frank Stella, Circus of Pure Feeling for Malevich, 4 Square Circus, 16 parts, 2009
- 522 Frank Stella, K.81 combo (K.37 and K.43) large size, 2009