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Frank Stella, Imola Five II, State I, from the Circuits Series, 1983

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Imola Five II, State I, from the Circuits Series, 1983
Reference:Axsom 142.3a
Series:Circuits 1982-1984
Medium:Relief, screenprint, woodcut on white TGL handmade, hand-colored paper
Image:66 in x 52 in (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm)
Sheet:66 in x 52 in (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 10 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-7075

Historical Description

Frank Stella Imola Three II, State IV, 1984 is an appealing composition in green, blue, yellow, red and black from the artist’s Circuits Series of 1982-84. Fascinatingly, the overall composition of this work is the same one that appears in the artist’s Imola Five II from which this work derives its name; however, Imola Five II, State I is rendered in such a manner that transforms it into an entirely new work. The large black contour in the center of the composition nearly fades into the dark green background, while the sinuous yellow lines in the foreground dance about in disorder. In creating this work, Stella revisits his initial illustration of the Imola race track, revealing the effect his visit to the site in the 1970s had on him. The printmaking methods used to create Imola Five II, State I, 1983 allow the artist to maintain drawing-like and painterly marks that add profundity to the Circuits Series.

Frank Stella Imola Five II, State I, 1983 is part of a portfolio of 16 works in the artist’s Circuits Series from 1982-84. This body of work is inspired by his interest in race tracks that he visited all over the world. Also featured in this portfolio are Talladega Three I, Talladega Three II, Talladega Three III, Talladega Five I, Estoril Three II, Estoril Five I, Estoril Five II, Imola Three I, Imola Three II, Imola Three II, State I, Imola Three IV, Imola Five II, Imola Five II, Pergusa Three, Pergusa Three, State I, and Pergusa Three Double.

Created in 1982, this relief, screenprint and woodcut on white TGL handmade, hand-colored paper is hand-signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower right image and numbered from the edition of 10 in pencil in the lower right image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella Imola Five II, State I, from the Circuits Series, 1983 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. 142.3a on pg. 233.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Imola Five II, State I, from the Circuits Series, 1983 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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