Frank Stella (1936 - )
Lot 11 Details
Frank Stella (1936 - ), American
YORK FACTORY II, 1974 [AXSOM, 94; GEMINI, 567]
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.
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.