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September 21, 2017

LOT 11

Lot 11

Frank Stella (1936 - )

Frank Stella (1936 - )
Lot 11 Details
Frank Stella (1936 - ), American


Colour silkscreen on Arches Cover black paper; signed dated ‘74 and numbered 34/100 in white pencil to margin. Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles with their blindstamp lower right corner.

Image/Sheet 13.5" x 41" — 34.3 x 104.1 cm.; 18.5" x 44.4" — 47 x 112.8 cm.

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $12,500
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Frank Stella (1936 - )
  • Frank Stella (1936 - )
  • Frank Stella (1936 - )

With The Uptown Gallery, New York label verso;
Prominent Private Collection


One of America’s most influential living artists, Frank Stella’s iconic, bright weaving arcs are gems to behold. Influenced by a trip to Iran, York Factory II, 1974 takes cues from decorative Persian design. Part of the Protractor Series that marked a significant shift in Stella’s practice in the late 1960s, these works recall a semicircular drafting tool used to measure angles for which York Factory is a perfect example. Composed of interlocking protractors York Factory II creates the most delightful pattern from which there is no start or end point. Using a refined palette emboldened by a black background is a rare combination for Stella, York Factory II shows the artist’s genius with a wide breath of colour use. Scarce and technically complex, York Factory II was printed from 53 different screens, each a different colour. A juxtaposition between Post-Painterly Abstraction and Minimalism, Stella is a master illusionist, blending the abstract with the decorative in unconventional ways.


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LOT 11

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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