Stella! 

Artist presents "Broadsides"

Artist presents "Broadsides"

He’s in all the textbooks; one day soon he’ll be in Nashville. On May 27, artist Frank Stella will give a presentation entitled “Broadsides” as the 15th in the series of public art forums sponsored by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

Stella will speak on the public art projects which have increasingly consumed his creative attention in the 1990s. But he is best known as a painter.

Stella was a member of the ’60s generation of New York artists whose hard-edged abstraction challenged the drips and daubs of the Abstract Expressionists. He began by applying Benjamin Moore house paint in symmetrical black stripes on canvas, in the process denying any illusion of space or depth and asserting the flatness and object-quality of the canvas itself. Four from this first series, the so-called Black Paintings, were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959 and paved the way for Minimalism. MOMA subsequently staged two major exhibitions of his work, in 1970 and 1987.

“Almost every contemporary art museum in the world boasts at least one Stella in its permanent collection,” says MNAC director Tom Turk. “And he was in the first group to receive a National Medal of the Arts, from President Reagan in 1983.”

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