Frank Stella, The funeral (dome), from the Moby Dick domes, 1992

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Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title: The funeral (dome), from the Moby Dick domes, 1992
Medium: Relief-printed etching, aquatint and engraving in colors on TGL handmade paper
Image Size: 73 1/2 in x 53 x 6 in. (189.7 cm x 134.6 cmx 15.2 cm.)
Sheet Size: 73 1/2 in x 53 x 6 in. (186.7 cm x 134.6cm x 15.2 cm.)
Framed Size: Approx. 84 in x 69 in x 17 in (213.4 cm x 134.6 cm x 43.2 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 23 in pencil in the lower right of the image (aside from 6 artist's proofs); published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, NY.
Signature: This work is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image.
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ID # w-5302

Frank Stella challenges the narrative possibilities of abstraction in this tribute to the literary work “Moby-Dick”. Rather than plainly depicting scenes of the novel, Stella instead evokes the power and emotion within the story. Elegant curves and lines dominate the print. The bending of geometric shapes and planes creates a wave-live formation, a reference to the nautical setting within the novel. The fluid coloring further lures viewers into a realm of subdued reality. While this piece is markedly different from Stella’s earlier “Black Paintings”, it establishes Stella as an evolving and versatile artist even in his later career.

Created in 1992, this relief-printed etching, aquatint and engraving in colors on TGL handmade paper published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., New York is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right of the image. The work is numbered from the edition of 23 in pencil in the lower right of the image; this work is aside from the edition of 6 artist’s proofs.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, this work is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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