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Frank Stella; Green Journal
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Lot 54

American 1936 -
Green Journal
signed, dated '85 and numbered 15/25 embossed with the Tyler Graphics chopmark in the bottom right corner
etching, screenprint, relief on white TGL handmade paper
168.5 by 132cm excluding frame

Sold for R 70 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 79 660

Estimate R 70 000 - 90 000


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“Frank Stella Green Journal, 1985 is an intricate and expressive composition of graphic black shapes and letters racing across a yellow background. Bordered with a rich green color, the frenzied and bold dance of black, white, and yellow has no dull spots. No matter where the viewer’s eye falls on the large and lively piece, there is always an abundance of energetic lines and high color contrast. Peppered across the piece are the words “Cross your heart” printed backwards, capturing attention by forcing the viewer to pause for just a bit longer up close to read them. The black and white shape floating above the yellow is made up of the swelling waves of a French curve, showcasing Stella’s affinity for geometric shapes in his artwork. The piece is marvelous in its ability to maintain a high level of detail both at a distant and an up closing viewing, making it a rich visual experience that is always presenting something new to examine”.1

 

1. https://www.masterworksfineart.com/artists/frank-stella/etching/green-journal-1985/id/w-6171

 


Another example from this edition is in the permanent collection of:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 

Tate Modern, London.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 


Richard H. Axsom, et al. (2016) Frank Stella Prints A Catalogue Raisonné, New York: Hudson Hills Press. llustrated in colour on page 258.

Kenneth E. Tyler, et al. (1987)Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonné, 1974–1985, New York: Abbeville Press. Illustrated in colour on page 362.



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