Frank Stella

(b. 1936)
Lot 101
Frank Stella
Dieuze (from Dusseldorf Proposal-First Edition)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 296
Frank Stella
Spectralia (from Imaginary Places)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $9,375
September 30, 2018
Lot 203
Frank Stella
Imola Three I (from Circuits Series)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $34,375
June 10, 2018
Lot 204
Frank Stella
Sinjerli Variation Ia
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $11,875
June 10, 2018
Lot 196
Frank Stella
Rayy Sketch
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Price Realized: $81,250
February 25, 2018
Lot 197
Frank Stella
Black Adder (from V Series)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $8,750
February 25, 2018
Lot 24
Frank Stella
Agua Caliente (from Race Track Series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $12,500
October 22, 2017
Lot 105
Frank Stella
The Candles
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $20,625
May 21, 2017
Lot 106
Frank Stella
Lake City (from Copper Series)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 21, 2017
Lot 8
Frank Stella
Polar Co-Ordinates VII (from Polar Co-Ordinates for Ronnie Peterson)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $12,500
October 9, 2016
Lot 9
Frank Stella
Polar Co-Ordinates VIII (from Polar Co-Ordinates for Ronnie Peterson)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $10,625
October 9, 2016
Lot 35
Frank Stella
Los Alamitos (from Race Track Series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 12
Frank Stella
Double Gray Scramble
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $68,750
February 21, 2016
Lot 321
Frank Stella
Polar Co-Ordinates II (from Polar Co-Ordinates for Ronnie Peterson)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $17,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 185
Frank Stella
Puerto Rican Blue Pigeon (from Exotic Bird Series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
May 17, 2015
Lot 186
Frank Stella
Avicenna (from the Aluminum Series)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $5,625
May 17, 2015
Lot 99
Frank Stella
Purple Series (9)
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $20,000
March 1, 2015
Lot 316
Frank Stella
Clinton Plaza (Black Series I)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
October 12, 2014
Lot 154
Frank Stella
Tetuan III (For Meyer Schapiro portfolio)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,500
May 18, 2014
Lot 185
Frank Stella
Swan Engraving VII (from Swan Engravings)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $2,500
February 23, 2014
Lot 14
Frank Stella
Shards III (from Shards series)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,500
May 19, 2013
Lot 14
Frank Stella
Black Adder (V Series)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 398
Frank Stella
Sanor (from the Imaginary Places II series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 399
Frank Stella
Angriff
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,125
December 11, 2011
Lot 319
Frank Stella
Bilbemtesiro (from the Imaginary Places II series)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 6, 2011
Lot 122
Frank Stella
Los Alamitos
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,431
October 17, 2010
Lot 123
Frank Stella
Empress of India II
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,900
October 17, 2010
Lot 436
Frank Stella
Coxuria State 1
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,756
December 6, 2009
Lot 87
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Moultonville)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,320
December 7, 2008
Lot 88
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Sanbornville)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,002
December 7, 2008
Lot 89
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Sunapee)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,002
December 7, 2008
Lot 91
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Conway)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,200
December 7, 2008
Lot 92
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Moultonboro)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,140
December 7, 2008
Lot 93
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Effingham)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,080
December 7, 2008
Lot 94
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Tuftonboro)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,080
December 7, 2008
Lot 95
Frank Stella
Eccentric Polygons (Wolfeboro)
Estimate: $900 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,080
December 7, 2008
Lot 302
Frank Stella
Untitled (Angriff)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,720
February 10, 2008
Lot 107
Frank Stella
Untitled (Rabat) (from Ten Works by Ten Painters)
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,040
June 3, 2007

About The Artist


Amid the exploding 1960s art revolution, Frank Stella defied emergent categories and labels. A painter and printmaker nestled somewhere between Pop and Minimalism, Stella elected for rational, geometric lines over the boisterous commercial sensibility of Pop. The work he produced in the 1960s and ‘70s, though restrained, is not so austere as that of Stella’s strictly Minimalist peers, nor representational like that of his Pop contemporaries.

Stella attended Princeton University, where he majored in history as an undergraduate student. Having achieved some early recognition as a painter, he was taken into the fold of the Leo Castelli Gallery before he was twenty-five and had his first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1970, when he was just thirty-three years old.

To comment on the fastidious geometry of Stella’s work is not to claim its total austerity; his works luxuriate in explorations of endless combinations of colors and forms, often on unconventionally shaped canvases. In such a way, Stella rejects the notion of frugality for frugality’s sake; from his formal economy emerges a glut of dizzying lines and clashing colors that combine the rationality of an Albers with all the swinging opticality of a Bridget Riley painting.

Though primarily associated with two-dimensional art, in the 1980s Stella began producing sculptural works.

“Frank Stella.” Guggenheim. The Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation, n.d. Web.

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