The exhibit will offer the most comprehensive collection and presentation of the artist’s career – showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present including approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings.
The Massachusetts-born Stella, has been New York-based since 1958 – a period which has seen him become one of the most highly regarded artists of his generation.
His breakthrough work in creating geometric and abstract paintings with no pictorial illusions has been hailed as innovative and inspired.
His technique emphasizes “the picture-as-object” rather than a representation of something else was unique and inspired a new generation of American painters.
Stella was recognized as a master in the art world before the age of 25.
In 1959, several of his paintings were included in “Three Young Americans” at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, as well as in “Sixteen Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (60).
His work has always been recognized and showcased prominently in New York.
In 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated its roof to display Stella’s sculpture, inspired another New York luminary who is the proud owner of one of his masterpieces.
“Stella’s work has become a blueprint for an entirely new direction in painting,” says iconic New York developer Elie Hirschfeld, whose own impressive art collection has been hailed as one of the finest in the United States.
“My family purchased the famed Gray Scramble X back in 1973 and I’ve been an admirer ever since,” says Hirschfeld.
“The piece means a great deal to me as I had just moved into my new apartment directly across the street from the Museum and that rooftop exhibition felt like an extension of my new home.”
As a result, the pictured Stella piece now proudly adorns a room in that home – occupying a full dining room wall which serves as a special private museum tribute to an American master.
The Stella exhibit will be open to the public at the new Whitney beginning October 15 and run through February 7, 2016.
The exhibit will occupy the Whitney‘s entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery representing the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.
For more information, please go to: whitney.org/Exhibitions/FrankStella