Frank Stella (b. 1936, Massachusetts) is considered one of the most influential American artists of the post-war generation. Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, he helped shepherd painting beyond Abstract Expressionism and towards Minimalism. Stella’s output has evolved from black-and-white striped compositions (created at the start of his career) to the irregularly-shaped canvases of his bold 1970s Polish Village series and 3D-printed sculptures he produced in the 2010s.


Stella attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and Princeton University. Stella cemented his place in art history in 1970 at age 33, when he became the youngest artist to ever mount a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Stella’s works are found in countless public collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco) and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.).

related works

  • Spanish painter Antoni Tapies creates tactile abstract artwork influenced by the postwar period following the Spanish Civil War. View his work.
  • In our sister gallery, form & concept, Tom Osgood creates sculptural forms from twisted and painted metal, akin to the layered dimensional works of Stella’s relief period. View his work.