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Listen to an audio guide highlighting selected works in Frank Stella: A Retrospective with narration by students from PS 33 Chelsea Prep and Whitney Museum educator Mark Joshua Epstein.
540Frank Stella, Raft of the Medusa (Part I), 1990
530 Introduction to Frank Stella: A Retrospective
531 Frank Stella, Das Erdbeben in Chili [N#3] (The Earthquake in Chile), 1999
532 Frank Stella, Die Fahne hoch!, 1959
533 Frank Stella, Empress of India, 1965
534 Frank Stella, Effingham II, 1966
535 Frank Stella, Jasper’s Dilemma, 1962
536 Frank Stella, Gobba, zoppa e collotorto, 1985
537 Frank Stella, Zeltweg (V), 4.75X, 1982
538 Frank Stella, Khar-pidda, 1978
539 Frank Stella, The Fountain, 1992
541 Frank Stella, Circus of Pure Feeling for Malevich, 4 Square Circus, 16 parts, 2009
542 Frank Stella, K.81 combo (K.37 and K.43) large size, 2009
540 Frank Stella, Raft of the Medusa (Part I), 1990
Mark Joshua Epstein: So, we have arrived at a different artwork, called Raft of the Medusa. And I’m wondering what you guys notice about this artwork.
Student: I notice that it’s, like, totally made of metal. And it kind of looks like that they—this artist—is this still Frank Stella? Okay—that Frank Stella melted a bunch of aluminum foil and waited till it cooled—well, maybe he actually put it together while it was still melting, so that it cooled and it was stuck together.
Student: The—this thing looks like something you’d find in a junkyard or a landfill. But he somehow put it together to make it artwork.
Mark Joshua Epstein: Let’s talk a little bit more about the thing we noticed in the back that’s holding up the piece. Could anyone else share a thought about that rectangle?
Student: So, it holds it up, but it’s still part of the art itself. And I think it’s really cool that he did that, ‘cause most artists would just, like, kind of have a painting or a sculpture, a small sculpture, not this crazy and enormous.
Mark Joshua Epstein: This artwork was inspired in part by an older artwork by an artist named Géricault. And that artwork shows us a shipwreck, actually. So, a shipwreck happens. And as the ship is going down, people quickly make a raft out of wood from the ship, and they get on the raft, and they sail away from the ship. And the ship is called The Medusa.
Student: Maybe this is like the—Frank Stella showing the remains of the raft of Medusa, because it sort of looks like, if you build a boat, you normally need a lot of metal. And this kind of looks like the metal has been corroded, and it’s been through a lot of journey. I feel pity for the metal.
Mark Joshua Epstein: Is this still a painting?
Student: No, because it doesn’t—I don’t think it has any paint at all. I think it’s just melted metal, all melted together. So, I think it’s more of a sculpture than a painting.
Mark Joshua Epstein: Can someone argue that it is a painting?
Student: Maybe it could be a painting because, you know, that looks like an empty canvas board holding up, like, a painting. It’s like this is the empty canvas, and it’s full of itself.