Post-painterly abstractionist Frank Stella, who turns 8o this year, was in-conversation at the Phillips auction house last evening. The occasion was the launch of an expanded edition of his catalogue raissone: The Prints of Frank Stella. Joining Mr. Stella (center), were Jordan D. Schnitzer, of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, and Rick Axsom, Curator at the Madison (Wisconsin) Museum of Contemporay Art.
When asked how he determined when a work is “finished,” Stella commented that he and fellow artists would talk about that, and their talking was “not enlightening but the results are good.”
The assemblage behind Mr. Stella (center) consists of a screenprint, lithograph and linocut with hand coloring on heavy card paper (c. 1989).