From the realm of high art, we’ll talk with the great American painter and abstract artist Frank Stella.
Frank Stella’s work
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The great American painter, print-maker and sculptor, Frank Stella’s work has gone the reverse of the great arc of American art.
American painters began with lush, majestic landscapes and moved slowly to the abstract. Frank Stella began with the most severe, minimalist abstract paintings and has slowly moved lush.
From flat triangles and squares to flamboyant explosions of color and form. The artist who revered Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns — and Caravaggio.
This hour On Point: a conversation with art great Frank Stella, on the edge of art.
- Tom Ashbrook
Frank Stella, American painter, sculptor and more. For the last six decades, he has been one of this countries major Abstract painters and a major figure in the minimalist movement. He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Obama in 2009. In 1970, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of his work, making him the youngest artist ever so honored. He gave a series of Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard in 1984. He has been influenced by the likes of Caravaggio, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns, and in turn has been a major influence on the architects Frank Gehry and several generations of Abstract painters.
Several of the world’s greatest museums have collections of Stella’s: