Frank Stella spends lives and works in New York and, at 81, he and his paintings still do a lot of traveling.
Frank Stella in South Florida
The NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an in-depth exhibit of works done by Frank Stella during his 60-year career.
The exhibit, Frank Stella: Experiment and Change includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that showcase the artist’s evolving use of colors, shapes, shaped canvas, materials and techniques.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Stella said that he was pleased to have his works exhibited in South Florida. “The NSU Museum, for one, is in an interesting modernist building designed by the American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes.” he said. “I had visited the museum before and admired many of the works inside. I had also worked with the exhibit’s curator, Bonnie Clearwater, in the early 2000s on an exhibition of my art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, and when she approached me about this show, it was a no-brainer for me to say yes because of my relationship with her and my fondness for the museum.”
Frank Stella: Experiment and Change, which showcases about 300 works, is currently on display and will run through July 8, 2018.
Frank Stella in London’s National Gallery
London’s National Gallery has included Frank Stella’s work in its current exhibit, called Monochrome: Painting in Black and White. The show includes monochromatic works by old masters like Giacometti and modern masters like Frank Stella and Josef Albers.
Frank Stella’s early Black Paintings, done in the 1950s, brought him early recognition before he was twenty-five. The Black Paintings were not just a reaction to, but a way to try to understand the structure behind abstract expressionism. “In a way, it was trying to find out what was under the chaos because the chaos of abstract expression is so powerful. I think to a certain extent it’s easy to see that underneath the painting that seemed so wild in America, was the structure of painting in Europe up until the late 30s, which was basically Cubism and Surrealism.”
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White is at the National Gallery in London until February 18, 2018.
Frank Stella in Paris
Being Modern: MoMA in Paris is an exhibition that has been organized by MoMA and the Fondation Louis Vuitton. It features works collected by MoMA from its inception in 1929 to the present day.
Included in the more than 200 pieces on display are works by Frank Stella, Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Edward Hopper, Max Beckmann, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Walker Evans, Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns. Many of the works have never been shown in France before, including Andy Warhol’s 1962 Campbell’s Soup Cans.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton was established in 2006 to promote and support contemporary art. It’s housed in a building designed by American architect Frank Gehry.
Being Modern: MoMA in Paris runs through March 5, 2018.