Biography

Frank Stella

From free-standing sculptures to architectural sites, Frank Stella's unyielding experimentation has made him a key figure in American modernism, leading to such developments as Minimalism, Post-Painterly Abstraction, and Color Field Painting. An early practitioner of nonrepresentational painting, Stella gained early, immediate recognition in 1959 with his series of coolly impersonal black-striped paintings that turned the gestural brushwork and existential angst of Abstract Expressionism on its head.