Frank Stella Unbound:

Literature and Printmaking

October 6, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Between 1984 and 1999, the American artist Frank Stella executed four ambitious print series, each of which was named after a literary work that had a distinctive narrative structure: the Passover song Had Gadya, a compilation of Italian Folktales, the epic novel Moby Dick, and the illustrated encyclopedia Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Through these four bodies of work, Stella evolved printmaking projects of unprecedented scale and complexity that both transformed the artist's visual language-as well as his working process in all media-and represent a technical and expressive milestone in printmaking. Featuring about forty prints from these four major series, Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the vital role that world literature played in his powerful exploration of the print medium.

Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum




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.

Photo by Kristine Larsen

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Staff Profile Caitlín Doherty

Caitlín Doherty


Caitlín Doherty has engaged with artists, students, and communities around the world throughout a career that spans Scotland, Ireland, Qatar, and the United States. From January 2015 to February 2017, Doherty was chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Broad MSU-housed in the striking Zaha Hadid-designed building-is a 46,000-square-foot museum that serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for the East Lansing region. During her tenure at Broad MSU, Doherty provided leadership and artistic vision, defining the interdisciplinary scope and direction of the institution's exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, and ensuring that they reflected a commitment to artistic experimentation, excellence, and public access. From 2012 to 2015, she served as exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar-a branch campus of VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia-where she organized major exhibitions of international contemporary art and design. From 2005 to 2008, Doherty worked as the inaugural director of Lismore Castle Arts, one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries. She taught art history, design history, and museum and gallery studies at Ireland's Waterford Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2010, and has regularly guest lectured at other institutions including University College London. Also in Ireland, Doherty directed the interdisciplinary arts and cultural initiative Artswave, and acted as visual arts coordinator for Garter Lane Arts Centre. Born on South Uist, a small island in the Outer Hebrides in Northwest Scotland, Doherty holds master's degrees in art history from the University of Edinburgh and in museum and gallery studies from the University of St. Andrews, both in Scotland.