Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Remembering Frank Stella

As you may have read, Frank Stella, the renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker, died on Saturday at the age of 87. 

Many tributes have been paid to Stella, whom CBS News called "a towering figure in post-war American art." 

Per NPR: "One of the most influential American artists of his time, Stella was a pioneer of the minimalist movement of the early 1960s. During that time, painters and sculptors challenged the idea that art was meant to be representative and used their medium as their message." 

Other selected tributes include Artforum ... and The New Yorker.

From 1978 to 2005, 128 E. 13th St. between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue served as Stella's studio, where he reportedly created many of his most renowned works. 

In November 2021, Village Preservation unveiled a plaque on the space in a virtual ceremony with Stella and Whitney Museum Director Adam Weinberg.
The building, erected in 1903, is believed to be the last surviving horse and carriage auction mart in NYC. In 2006, Village Preservation helped prevent it from becoming a seven-level condo.

The Peridance Center now leases a dance studio here.

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