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Frank Stella, The Affidavit, from the Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series, 1993

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:The Affidavit, from the Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series, 1993
Reference:Axsom 220
Series:Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series, 1993
Medium:Lithograph, etching, aquatint, relief, screenprint on white TGL handmade paper
Image:61 ¾ in x 45 ½ in (156.8 cm x 115.6 cm)
Sheet:61 ¾ in x 45 ½ in (156.8 cm x 115.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 38 in pencil in the lower right image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right image.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7142

Historical Description

Frank Stella The Affidavit, 1993 is seventh installment in the artist’s Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series of 1993. This work is named after the 45th chapter in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In this chapter, Ishmael explains the frequency with which whales survive attacks by humans and writes about how unique each individual whale is. The center of the composition is filled with a collage of drawing-like forms that resemble the artist’s Cones and Pillars paintings from years earlier. A grid-like pattern of dots in the background that appears in every work in this series gives the work the illusion of a three-dimensional work. Smaller versions of these dots line the top, left and half of the bottom edges of the composition and bring extra depth to the overall work. This collage of several printmaking techniques showcases Stella’s mastery over several mediums.

Frank Stella The Affidavit, 1993 is part of a portfolio of eight works in the artist’s Moby Dick Deckle Edges series of 1993. This body of work derives its name from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and depicts dense compositions of bright colors and stunning abstract imagery. Also featured in this portfolio are The Whale-Watch, The Battering Ram, Monstrous Pictures of Whales, The Pequod Meets the Jeroboam. Her Story, Ambergris, The Monkey-rope, A Bower in the Arsacides, Extracts, and Extracts, State I.

Created in 1993, this lithograph, etching, aquatint, relief and screenprint on white TGL handmade paper is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center image and numbered from the edition of 38 in pencil in the lower center image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella The Affidavit, from the Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series, 1993 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 1967–1984. Hudson Hills Press: New York, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 220 on pg. 324.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella The Affidavit, from the Moby Dick Deckle Edges Series, 1993 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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