Frank Stella:
A Retrospective

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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.

Frank Stella (b.1936), _Effingham II_, 1966. Fluorescent alkyd and epoxy paint on canvas. 127 1/2 x 132 x 4 in. (323.9 x 335.3 x 10.2 cm). The Glass House, A Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, New Canaan, Connecticut. © 2015 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark Joshua Epstein: What I see when I look at this work is Day-Glo colors jumping out at me. So we get this amazing, sharp shape of bright, bright yellow in the left-hand top corner, and we get this pink line that goes almost all the way around the painting but can’t contain in that top corner of yellow, and the pink line curls in on itself around this beautiful, orange shape. So we’ve not just got one color that’s kind of popping out and maybe even punching us in the face, really singing to our eyes. We’ve got these three colors that are all doing it at the same time.

And there’s this part on the right side that might be a parallelogram that looks like it’s hanging onto the painting for dear life. We have this thin, white line that almost goes all the way through, cutting it off, but it stops a few inches from the edge, and it almost feels like, if we were to walk away and come back, that parallelogram would just have tumbled off, onto the floor.