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Frank Stella, Had Gadya: Back Cover, from Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Had Gadya: Back Cover, from Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984
Reference:Axsom 181
Series:Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984
Medium:Hand-coloring and collage with lithograph, linocut, silkscreen on T.H. Saunders paper (background) and shaped, hand-cut Somerset paper (collage)
Image:60 1/4 in x 53 1/8 in ( 153 cm x 134.9 cm)
Sheet:60 1/4 in x 53 1/8 in ( 153 cm x 134.9 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower center image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center image.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7108

Historical Description

Frank Stella Had Gadya: Back Cover, 1984 is the final installment in the artist’s Illustrations After El Lissitsky’s Had Gadya Series. This work recalls the post-painterly abstraction known to have influenced Stella with added elements that reflect collage and cut-out effects. Inspired after seeing an exhibition in 1919 by the Russian avant-garde artist El Lissitzky who had created a series of gouaches illustrating the traditional Jewish Passover song, Had Gadya (The Only Kid), Stella created this series. This work is composed of several shapes that mimic the ones that appear in the artist’s Cones and Pillars paintings in complementary shades of blue and yellow. In some cases, these shapes extend beyond the confines of the standard rectangular composition, creating an overall shape that is pleasing to the eye.

Created in 1984, this hand-coloring and collage with lithograph, linocut and silkscreen on T.H. Saunders paper and shaped, hand-cut Somerset paper is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center image and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower center image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella Had Gadya: Back Cover is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

  1. Axsom, Richard. The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné 1967–1984. Hudson Hills Press: New York, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 181 on pg. 270.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Had Gadya: Back Cover, from Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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