Frank Stella Exhibits Coming to the Tampa Museum of Art

Frank Stella in Tampa

Beginning in April, the Tampa Museum of Art will be holding two concurrent exhibits of works by Frank Stella.

The first exhibit, titled Frank Stella: Illustrations After El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, consists of a portfolio of twelve prints that Stella created in 1984, after a visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The inspiration came from an exhibit that he saw, of Russian artist El Lissitzky’s illustrations for the  children’s book,  Had Gadya (One Goat), an allegorical song that is traditionally sung at the end of the Passover Seder.

Lissitzky was an avant-garde artist, whose works were condemned and destroyed during the Stalin era.

El Lissitzky
Book Cover for Had Gadya, 1919.

In 1919, Lissitzky became Professor of Architecture and Graphic Arts at the Vitebsk Popular Art Institute, which was then under the directorship of Marc Chagall.  He studied architecture but gravitated towards graphic design and book illustration. Lissitzky’s style had a profound influence on the artists and architects who came after.

Frank Stella
Had Gadya, front cover illustration, 1984.

Frank Stella created a portfolio of twelve prints that corresponded to Lissitzky’s illustrations, but in his own unique style.

Frank Stella: Illustrations After El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya will be on exhibit from April 2 through August 2, along with Frank Stella: What You See, featuring works from regional collections and the Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Frank Stella’s Mural Unveiled in Boston

When Frank Stella was a young artist he traveled to the Boston Seaport to buy canvas from a sailmaker. Today, one of his seminal works, Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), greets visitors to the revitalized Seaport.

Stella was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts, a suburb just north of Boston. After studying at Princeton, Stella moved to New York, where at age 83 he still resides, to became one of the most influential contemporary artists in the world.

Damascus Gate is one of the Protractor Series of colorful, shaped paintings that Stella began in the early 1970s, a break from the stark black paintings that made him a high-profile young artist in 1969, when he was just 25.

The 98-foot-long mural, at One Seaport, was unveiled late last year.

In March, Stella will be traveling to Stockholm for a one-man show at the Wetterling Gallery that will be on exhibit from March 19 through May 2, 2020.

Frank Stella’s Work at Surovek Gallery

During the 1970s, Stella’s work became more lavish and elaborate. He began to embrace printmaking, and had a print studio installed in his home.

Frank Stella
Inaccessible Island Rail (from Exotic Bird Series), 1977
Offset lithograph and screenprint in colors
Arches 88 paper. Sheet size: 33 7/8 x 45 7/8 inches
Edition: 50 with 16 artist’s proofs
Signed: AP lll F Stella 77 (bottom right)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Stella began working with master printmaker Kenneth Tyler in the 1960s, a relationship that lasted for decades, and only ended when Tyler retired in 2001.

Frank Stella
Sinjerli Variation 111, 1977
Offset lithograph and screenprint in colors
32 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches
Signed: F. Stella ’77 (l.r.)
Edition: 77/100
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Frank Stella, or any of the other fine works, available at Surovek Gallery.

Katherine McGrath. Frank Stella Reconnects to His Hometown Roots With an Installation at the Boston Seaport. Architectural Digest. January 29, 2020.
Rosemary Feitelberg. Artist Frank Stella Talks Boston Seaport Mural and Why ‘Working Is Worrying’. WWD. November 6, 2019.
artnet Gallery Network. An Iconic Frank Stella Painting Gets a New Lease on Life as a 98-Foot-Long Mural in Boston’s Seaport. artnetnews. November 5, 2019.
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