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Frank Stella, Talladega Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Talladega Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982
Reference:Axsom 135x
Series:Circuits 1982-1984
Medium:Etching on white TGL handmade paper
Image:66 in x 52 in (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm)
Sheet:66 in x 52 in (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower right margin.
Signature:Hand-signed by Frank Stella (Malden, 1983 - ) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7037

Historical Description

Frank Stella Talladega Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982 is a stunning rendition of the artist’s fascination with the Talledega racing track in Alabama, a destination he visited sometime in the 1970s.  The sinuous lines that make up the composition mimic the path of an auto racing vehicle. This work is an etching, a method of printmaking that allows the artist to maintain a drawing-like quality in this work that imitates the marks he might make with a pencil in a sketchbook while watching race cars drive around the track. The sketchy quality of the work embodies the movement and momentum of a speedway, and its monochrome palette illustrates the artist’s serious dedication to his craft.

Frank Stella Talladega Three I, 1982 is part of a portfolio of 16 works in the artist’s Circuits Series from 1982-84. This body of work is inspired by his interest in race tracks that he visited all over the world. Also featured in this portfolio are Talladega Three II, Talladega Three III, Talladega Five I, Estoril Three II, Estoril Five I, Estoril Five II, Imola Three I, Imola Three II, Imola Three II, State I, Imola Three IV, Imola Five II, Imola Five II, State I, Pergusa Three, Pergusa Three, State I, and Pergusa Three Double.

Created in 1982, this etching on white TGL handmade paper is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 30 in pencil in the lower right margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella Talladega Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982 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 1967–1982. Hudson Hills Press: New York, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 135 on pg. 127.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Talladega Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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