Comments on: A Note on Frank Stella http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/#comment-229567 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:19:49 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6591#comment-229567 You said the following:

“His decisions about colour are much the same as a fashion designer’s – he can make nice colours “go together” much in the same way as a good haute-couturist would.”

I think that’s close to what Martin is saying in his comment. But it’s not something to split hairs over.

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By: Emyr Williams http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/#comment-229408 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:51:39 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6591#comment-229408 Robert, I am not at all sure I have ever used the word decorative to describe Stella’s work. I think I used the phrase they look coloured in, in relation to the protractor series. I have no “issues” with Stella or literalism for that matter as you seem to think. I enjoy art that attempts to do something through colour or form other than simply present itself – even if that presentation is impressive.. Stella’s work clearly does this for you.

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By: Martin Mugar http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/#comment-229058 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:36:05 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6591#comment-229058 Found your reply on a russian search engine.I am sorry not to have replied earlier.I guess I should not have used the word decorative.I think I meant additive.In the end there are few artists who can match his seriousness and inventiveness.It is easy to project ones own issues on to another artist and in so doing miss out on the artists unique properties.

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By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/#comment-102761 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:33:32 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6591#comment-102761 I like all of it. You’re right that Caravaggio’s space is illusionist space, and Stella knows that too, and that’s really what interests him. That’s why he goes back and forth between the picture plane and the space in front of it, and why the planes of his reliefs also bear illusions of space. Is it necessary to build the reliefs? I don’t know, but it’s just his manner. I stick to the plane in my own work and don’t feel the need to build out, but I don’t think it’s wrong headed to do so. It’s kind of arbitrary. I’m still writing blog posts about this, trying to sort it out, and they will come in the future, but I don’t think that most observers appreciate how much Stella wants to make paintings just like all the old paintings – but of course to make them new. You should look at the Kleist canvases.

You seem to agree with Emyr Williams about Stella’s colour. Personally, I don’t think that decorative is “just decorative.” Decorative is beautiful and satisfying and inspiring. I might also disagree with your assessment that his colour doesn’t create space or light, on a case by case basis.

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By: Martin Mugar http://abstractcritical.com/note/a-note-on-frank-stella/#comment-101959 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:53:08 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6591#comment-101959 Dear Robert,
I feel the best work that Stella did is the minimalist work.It draws its strength in its connection to minimalism in other domains such as music.HIs later work which is thought out in “Working Space” favors the deep sculptural space of Caravaggio that he feels has been neglected by Modernism.He forgets that the deep space of Carvaggio is an optical illusion as is all reality for that matter and tries to create the deep space by sculpting it off and away from the flat surface.The color also,instead of having an integral role in creating light and space ,is just decorative.

The later work is ambitious but wrong headed.Creating flatness still offers some interesting territory to explore.I remember talking with Al Held about the will to flatness that we observed in Matisse’s portait of his wife.He generates energies hidden within nature in the way a cyclotron liberates previously unknown particles of atoms.

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