The exhibition coincides with the artist’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, which opens to the public on 30th October.
The exhibition at Bernard Jacobson Gallery will feature works from several important series from the 1990s and 2000s, which demonstrate Stella’s unique sense of space, scale and composition.
The centerpiece of the show is a monumental 7-panel piece “Die Marquise von O…” (1991).¨ The title refers to a novella by German poet Heinrich von Kleist, asolitary genius and visionary writer who committed suicide at the age of 34 in 1811. His characters, like the Marquise von O, a young widow who mysteriously finds herself pregnant, are shown in moments of deep crises and doubts, while the dramatic narratives often end without resolution.
In the seven large panels, which constitute the painting, the shapes that continue from one panel to the next seem to move, as if the tension and lines of force had exploded the piece into multiple fragments - this time laterally. What Stella had previously done in three dimensions he continues in this work across the two dimensional surface. He has constructed the work, element-by-element, and form-by-form, the same way sculpture and buildings are made. Frank Stella stated, “When it’s successful the result creates a visual experience, but it does something more. It makes available to you both a kind of experience and information that you couldn’t have gotten any other way”.
Another remarkable group of works on show are wall-mounted sculptures, such as Dalma Tepe (2002) or Giyan V (e) (2002), named after key archeological sites in ancient Anatolia, the seat of Neolithic civilisation from 7000-6000 BC.
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