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Frank Stella, And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, from Illustrations After El Lissitzsky's Had Gadya, 1984

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, from Illustrations After El Lissitzsky's Had Gadya, 1984
Reference:Axsom 180
Medium:Lithograph, linocut, and screenprint with hand-coloring and collage, on T.H. Saunders and Somerset papers
Image:51 in x 41 3/8 in (129.5 cm x 105.1 cm)
Sheet:51 in x 41 3/8 in (129.5 cm x 105.1 cm)
Framed:61 in x 51 3/8 in (154.94 cm x 129.54 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower center.
Signature:This work is hand signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts,1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6748
USD $35,000 GBP £26,250

Historical Description

In And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, 1984 Frank Stella engages twisting forms and vibrant color to create a vision of abstraction. Unlike the crisp lines of solid color and interlocking geometric shapes in the artist’s earlier work, this work playfully departs from visual regulation and order. During his early career as an artist, Stella articulated the notion that a picture was merely "a flat surface with paint on it – nothing more,” but And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, 1984, challenges the confinement of the flat surface. The white and gray undulating form to the upper right of the image breaks past the edge, as does the tip of the blue cylindrical-like tube pointed past the lower boarder of the image. The chaos of the composition also conveys a sense of movement that threatens the limits of the image.

Created in 1984, Frank Stella And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death is a lithograph, linocut, and screenprint with hand-coloring and collage on T.H. Saunders and Somerset papers. Published by Waddington Graphics, this work is hand signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts,1936 - ) and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower center.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, 1984, 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 H. The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 180.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death, 1984 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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