Frank Stella 1936-
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with Frank Stella to create her autumn-winter fashion line for 2022. (Stella McCartney is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney).
In an interview with Vogue, McCartney said, “I’ve known Frank for quite a long time, and I’ve always wanted to collaborate with him. I love his minimalism and maximalism. It’s such a parallel to our brand: the very simple masculine side with the more explosive side. When you look at Frank’s work, it really tracks that quite well.”
The show was held on the top floor of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. “For me, it’s such an exciting time to talk about his work.” McCartney said, “It lends itself so well to pattern and texture and material, which is where I was going. This collection was a lot about bringing new fabrics and textures to our brand.”
At age 85, Frank Stella’s work feels timeless on McCartney’s fashion design…and Stella x Stella sounds great.
Pat Steir 1940 –
Pat Steir will turn 82 in a few weeks. She walks with the help of a cane these days…not because she fell off the ten-foot ladder she climbed on to create her ‘drip’ paintings. She took a spill in her kitchen on New Years Day, 2019. So now she has some helpers to put together her giant canvasses and to help her operate the fork lift that replaced the ladder.
Although she was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and studied at New York’s Pratt Institute, Steir was profoundly influenced by the Chinese philosophy of the Tao, which says, “In the rain, we do not distinguish between heaven and earth.”
Stier chooses the size of the canvas and the colors she will use but she lets the paint drip and flow like a waterfall.
Last year, the Hirshhorn hosted the largest exhibition of Stier’s work ever shown. Her works are currently on exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Rome. In 2018, her painting Elective Affinity Waterfall, 1992, sold at auction for a career-record $2.3 million.
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Joan Altabe. Pat Steir’s drip paintings at Gagosian Gallery are nothing like Jack the Dripper’s. Blastingnews. March 14, 2022.
Marley Marius. In a New Documentary, Pat Steir Speaks for Herself. Vogue. June 12, 2020.
Julia Felsenthal. The Rembrandt Self-Portrait That Has Long Captivated Pat Steir. The New York Times Style Magazine. July 21, 2020.