Frank STELLA (U.S.A/1936-)
polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas 153.0x305.8cm
Abstract Expressionism, American painters have been focused on the
unification of an image with its canvas and the removal of all depth
from an image. Stella sought an answer to this dilemma by cutting
his canvas to size and then unifying it with a depicted stripe pattern.
This work has a unified form of repeated stripe pattern and the semi-circular
canvas shape. The viewer can readily identify these external characteristics
of the work, but in them cannot find a clue to their internal meaning.
Stella was interested in having the paintings themselves question
the true nature of painting, and as a result, "painting" was normally
the subject of his paintings.