On Monday, November 19, at 6 p.m. join us for a very special art tour: “New Acquisitions: Frank Stella” at the Malden Public Library / Converse Memorial Building Art Galleries.
Thanks to very special benefactors John Giso and Michael Nutall, and donations by the artist Frank Stella, the Malden Public Library is now home to three stunning works by this American master.
Frank Stella was born in 1936 in Malden. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to New York and began his career with his renowned Black Paintings. Precursors to Minimalism, these paintings garnered immediate recognition: four were included in MoMA’s Sixteen Americans 1959 exhibition, and one was purchased for their permanent collection. In 1960, Stella had his first solo show at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. Throughout the 60s and 70s, he was included in major exhibitions defining art of that time at the Whitney, The Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan and MoMA. In 1970, at the age of 34, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at MoMA.
Stella is the recipient of honorary degrees from Princeton University, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. In 1989, he received the Ordre des Arts et des Letters from the French government. He was elected Honorary Royal Academician in 1993.
In 2012, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany exhibited a retrospective of Stella’s works. In addition, a retrospective of Mr. Stella works were exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art in 2015 and it then traveled to Fort Worth and the de Young in San Francisco. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin exhibited a retrospective of Mr. Stella’s extensive work in prints in 2016 in conjunction with the publication of the revised and updated catalogue Raisonne. The exhibition traveled to the Addison Gallery in Massachusetts and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama in 2017. Frank Stella: Experiment and Change opened at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2017.
The tour is free and will begin promptly at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or see our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.
Photo of Mr. John Giso and Frank Stella by Paul Hammersley