On Thursday, September 22nd, Paul Kasmin Gallery will be opening an exhibition of seminal works from influential American painter Frank Stella. Famously stating a painting is “a flat surface with paint on it – nothing more”, and with his geometrically composed, yet controversially titled 1959 painting Die Fahne Hoch! as an early example, he has long been considered a founding figure in the evolution of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. To a large degree, today’s more contemporary op-art movement, as well as some of the artists featured here on AM that loosely fall into this category – for example Tauba Auerbach, Jen Stark, and James Marshall – has Frank Stella to thank.
Geometric Variations will be the first New York gallery exhibition to explore the historical importance of Stellaâ€™s iconic square paintings from the 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s. The exhibition will include large single and double canvasses from Stellaâ€™s “Concentric Square” and “Mitered Mazes” series, as well as the well-known New Madrid painting from his Benjamin Moore series. The must-see show from an artist light years ahead of his time runs through Saturday, October 29th at their 10th Avenue location.
Check out a selection of works from the two bodies, as well as some overall important Stella works, after the jump.