Stellar Stella…

Gobba, zoppa e collotorto, 1985

Want to add some color, creativity, originality to your life?

Scurry on over to the new Whitney Museum and take in the stellar Frank Stella exhibit.

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The retrospective opens today.

I had a smile on my face the entire time while perusing and absorbing Stella’s exploration of abstraction.

It is the perfect size…not overwhelming and contained on the 5th floor of the museum featuring approximately 100 works.

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The exhibit is co-organized with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

East Broadway, 1958
East Broadway, 1958

It spans over six decades, commencing with Stella’s Black Paintings Period through to his innovative, enormous metal sculptures created through 2012.

Pratfall, 1974
Pratfall, 1974

Exit the elevators and take a left, visiting the  galleries clockwise, concluding with the most recent works overlooking the Hudson River enhanced by natural light.

Kamdampat, 2002
Kamdampat, 2002

The latests works are digital fabrications. Stella prepares the geometry and sends it to the people with the machinery. His assistants do the initial work on a desktop computer in his New York home office with Mr. Stella directing them.

Raft of the Medusa, 1990
Raft of the Medusa, 1990

Whitney members were able to visit on Wednesday between 12-5. It was pouring, but the light in the Neil Bluhm Family Galleries was flattering.

Room with a View
Room with a View
Harran II, 1967
Harran II, 1967

This is the most comprehensive American retrospective of Frank Stella’s work. It highlights the scope and diversity of Stella’s nearly 60-year career.

Inaccessible Island Rail, 1976
Inaccessible Island Rail, 1976

The Stella exhibit is the Whitney’s inaugural show. Mr. Stella, who is 79, has done more than any other living artist to carry abstract art into the postmodern era.

He was seen wandering through the exhibit on Wednesday.

Zeltweg,1982
Zeltweg,1982
Black Period Painting
Black Period Painting

Stella was only 23 when he arrived in New York, straight out of Princeton and produced his now-historic “Black Paintings,” a series of large-scale, austere, monastic canvases divided into right-angled patterns of horizontal and vertical stripes.

They garnered enormous attention, much of it negative.

St. Michael's Countergard, 1984
St. Michael’s Countergard, 1984

Leisurely peruse the fantastic Stella retrospective…

Whitney Gallery
Whitney Gallery

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