Frank Stella was a leading figure in twentieth-century abstraction and remains one of America’s most significant living artists. A constant risk-taker and adventurer, his art chronicles a lifetime of experimenting with abstraction, traversing from understated geometric forms to fully blown Baroque.
Over three decades Stella played a significant role in the development and reinvention of American printmaking, working with master printer Kenneth Tyler on projects that pushed the boundaries of printmaking and abstraction into unchartered territory, resulting in some of the most complex prints of the twentieth century.
With over 1,000 prints, proofs and matrices by Stella, as well as extensive holdings of documentary film and candid photography, the Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler Collection provides unparalleled insight into Stella’s endeavours in print. Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Collection will showcase highlights from this collection, featuring Stella’s most iconic prints such as the monumental 7 metre long The fountain 1992 alongside matrices and experimental proofs, giving Australian audiences the rare opportunity to experience the full gamut of Stella’s innovation and experimentation in printmaking.
Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Collection opens at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra on 19 November in the Orde Poynton Gallery, located on Level 2.