Frank Stella, Brzozdowce I, 1973
Brzozdowce I, 1973
Mixed media: felt, fabric, and acrylic on panel and plywood
H 120” x W 90” x D 3-1/8”
Over the course of several decades, Philip Johnson amassed one of the most extensive collections of work by Frank Stella. Fourteen major pieces by Stella spanning the years 1960 to 1990 and representing eleven separate series are found on the Glass House property. Philip Johnson was an avid, early collector of Stella and he donated Astoria, 1958, a transitional work that preceded the “Black Painting Series” with which Stella emerged on the New York scene in 1959, to the Museum of Modern Art.
Stella was among the first artists of the twentieth century to spend his entire career working within the realm of abstraction. While he began with striped painting distinctive for their internal logic and reductive natures, Stella then moved, in series after series, into increasingly irregular and elaborate structures and progressively improvisational modes of working. Eventually, his works came to assume fully sculptural dimensions. His freestanding, gleaming metal Raft of the Medusa, Part I, 1990, unfolds dramatically in space; both its title and dynamic form allude to Gericault’s famed painting of 1819.
• From Artist’s Polish Village series
• Conserved in-situ by Luca Bonetti, 2007