Fifty years after the inclusion of his now iconic Black paintings in MoMA's landmark 1959 exhibition "Sixteen Americans," Stella continues to explore new dimensions in abstraction. Just as his early paintings questioned the conventional relationship between a picture and its supporting field, these new polychrome relief sculptures from his Scarlatti Sonata series challenge viewers to adopt new ways of interpreting three-dimensional forms. Composed of coils, lattices, and geometric volumes shot through with steel tubing, these works pull the eye along twists and turns that are both muscular and lyrical. Each change in vantage point reveals a new composition, while the bright, industrial coloring used on many of the works highlights their gestural passage through space.
Designed by Frauke Ebinger