Frank Stella, Jonah Historically Regarded (Dome), 1992

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Jonah Historically Regarded, 1992
Reference:Axsom 210
Medium:etching, aquatint, relief, engraving, screenprint, stencil, hand-colored on white, shaped, TGL handmade paper
Image:73 1/2 in x 53 in x 6 in (186.7 cm x 134.6 cm x 15.2 cm)
Edition:Numbered out of the edition of 21 in pencil in the lower right. TGL blind stamp, lower right. Workshop number inscribed in pencil on verso: FS87-902
Signature:Signed and dated in pencil, lower right: F. Stella '92
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6800

Historical Description

Frank Stella, Jonah Historically Regarded (Dome), 1992 is a magnificent work showcasing the artist’s skill in print-making. Stella began to experiment with the shape of his canvases and prints in the late 1950s. He played with three-dimensionality in print-making, adding dome shapes to his flat prints in his Moby Dick series. This piece is eye-catching, with the patterns and shapes protruding out of the two-dimensional space and into the space of the viewer. The unusual dome shape is not the only captivating aspect of this print, however. Stella is known for his use of bright colors and collage-like compositions of multiple patterns. Jonah Historically Regarded (Dome), 1992 is an explosion of colors and shapes, bouncing the eye all over the print. Yellows and greens emerge from a darker blue and black background, with tiny polka dots speckled around the edges, almost like twinkling stars. Delicate lines clash with bold triangles and diamonds and create a chaos contained within the composition. This work is truly an example of Stella’s genius in print-making and his experimentation with three-dimensionality. 

Created in 1992, this etching, aquatint, relief, engraving, screenprint, stencil, hand-colored on white, shaped, TGL handmade paper is signed and dated in pencil in the lower right: F. Stella '92. Numbered from the edition of 21, this work is also inscribed with a TGL blind stamp in the lower right and inscribed with the workshop number in pencil on verso: FS87-902.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA

Frank Stella, Jonah Historically Regarded (Dome), 1992 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. Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 210.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella, Jonah Historically Regarded (Dome), 1992 presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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