Marianne Boesky and Dominique Lévy Announce Joint Representation of Renowned American Artist Frank Stella
Marianne Boesky and Dominique Lévy are pleased to announce their galleries' joint worldwide representation of renowned American artist Frank Stella.
Frank Stella first emerged on the scene in the late 1950s, when his Minimalist 'Black Paintings' heralded a new era in postwar art. In the years since, he has worked consistently in series, pioneering new approaches to form, color, narrative, and abstraction with innovative paintings, prints, sculptures, and architectural installations. A prolific and persistently inventive figure, Stella continues to transform his practice series after series, making contributions to development of art that are unparalleled among his peers. Over more than half a century, Stella's practice remains robust, as does his relevance and influence on younger artists, and his significance in contemporary and historical spheres alike.
Marianne Boesky and Dominique Lévy are acknowledged leaders in the fields of contemporary art and postwar modern masterworks, respectively. Drawing upon their complementary areas of expertise, they will work closely with Frank Stella and one another on exhibitions, publications, and other ambitious projects that fully engage the span of the artist's remarkable career, emphasizing his dynamic current studio practice and addressing its significance within in context.
About the Artist
Born in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1936, and based in New York City, Frank Stella has produced an extraordinary body of work over the past six decades. He studied painting at Phillips Academy, Andover and Princeton University, graduating in 1958 with a degree in History. Since his first solo gallery exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1960, Stella has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and abroad. Early in his career, his work was included in a number of significant exhibitions that defined the art in the postwar era, including Sixteen Americans (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959),Geometric Abstraction (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1962 The Shaped Canvas(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1964-65), Systemic Painting (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1966), Documenta 4 (1968), and Structure of Color (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1971).
In 1970, at the age of 34, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He received a second, unprecedented retrospective at the same institution in 1987.
The author of many essays and articles exploring painting and abstraction, Stella delivered a lecture series as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University (1983). He has received honorary degrees from Princeton University, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
In 2000 he became the only American artist to have been given a solo show at London's Royal Academy, of which he is a member.
Stella is the recipient of many honors and awards. He won first prize in Tokyo's International Biennial Exhibition of Paintings in 1967, the Skowhegan Award for Painting (1981), the Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture in 1981, Award of American Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1985), Ordre des Arts et des Letters from the French government (1989), the Barnard Medal of Distinction (1992), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Graphic Art (1998), the Gold Medal of the National Arts Club in New York (2001), and the National Medal of Arts, awarded by President Obama in 2009.
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany recently closed a major retrospective of Stella's works.