Frank Stella, Shards V, 1982

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - 2024)
Title:Shards V, 1982
Medium:Color Lithograph and Screenprint
Image Size:39 3/4 in x 45 1/4 in (101 cm x 114.9 cm)
Sheet Size:39 3/4 in x 45 1/4 in (101 cm x 114.9 cm)
Framed Size:48 1/4 x 53 3/4 in (122.6 cm x 136.5 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower left; published by Petersburg Press, New York.
Signature:This work is hand-signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7444

Historical Description

The Shards series by Frank Stella includes five lithographs on screenprinted paper that explode with layers of bright color and jagged shapes. The term “shards” effectively describes the content of the images in this series by evoking broken fragments and sharp edges, alluding to both the method in which Stella created the images in the series as well as the visual content of the images themselves. Stella formed the configurations of the Shards prints by using uncolored cutouts of shapes from the Shards paintings as working models. The grid system motifs that appear in the paintings are also translated into the Shards prints as well, which creates a wavy netlike pattern that appears in each image of the series. To create the images in the series, Stella arranged scrap material into various collages, a creative process that became increasingly more common to the artist’s oeuvre. In Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, Richard H. Axsom notes the “French curves, ‘cookie cutouts,’ the serpentine and the heart-shaped form” that relate back to the forms in Stella’s Circuits paintings (238). In addition to incorporating old motifs into his Shards series, Stella also introduced the image of the pantograph, a draftman’s device for duplicating and enlarging forms. The visual representation of such an antiquated apparatus serves an allusion to the modern laser tool that Stella used to cut out metal shapes for his paintings. Through the playful layering of floating abstract shapes and bright colors, each work in Frank Stella’s Shards series becomes a unique visual experience of movement and rhythm.

The fifth of five works from the Shards series, Frank Stella Shards V, 1982 is a vibrant composition with multicolored forms placed against a background of lush, emerald green. A netlike grid covers the left three-quarters of the background, which makes the right quarter of the background appear to project forward. This netlike grid pattern also appears in the large square that fills the lower left area of the composition, adding more depth to the image through textural layers. The crisscrossing navy blue angles near the center of the composition evoke the shape of a pantograph, which alludes to Stella’s method of creating the collage of forms in this image. The rounded shapes in electric pink and neon green at the top right corner of the composition appear to float in space, at once detached from the other forms in the image yet integrated into its intricate collage. Frank Stella Shards V, 1982 offers a beautiful collage of rich colors and dynamic movement that creates a perpetually engaging viewing experience.

Created in 1982, this lithograph and screenprint is hand signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) and numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower right margin. This work was published by Petersburg Press, New York.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Frank Stella Shards V, 1982 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnès and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Axsom, Richard H. The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 148.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade conservation standards, Frank Stella Shards V, 1982 is presented in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.