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Frank Stella, Imola Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Imola Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982
Reference:Axsom 142
Series:Circuits 1982-1984
Medium:Relief, engraving, on white TGL handmade 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 30 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-7051

Historical Description

Frank Stella Imola Three I, 1982 is a pensive work from the artist’s Circuits Sereies of 1982-84. It is inspired by his visit to the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari racetrack in Imola, Italy in the 1970s. This work is completed in a monochrome palette of grey and black, mimicking the tones of asphalt. The work maintains a drawing-like quality as if created in a sketchbook. The artist achieves this by using relief and engraving printing techniques. The background of the work is composed of varying shades of mid-tone greys with geometric markings etched into them. The foreground is made up of sinuous black lines that appear to be carved into the background; these lines imitate the route of a race car along the Imola race track that the artist so adamantly studied.

Frank Stella Imola Three I, 1982 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 IIImola Three II, Imola Three II, State I, Imola Three IV, Imola Five II, Imola Five II, State I, Pergusa Three, Pergusa Three, State I, and Pergusa Three Double.

Created in 1982, this relief 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 30 in pencil in the lower right image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Frank Stella Imola Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982 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 1967–1982. Hudson Hills Press: New York, 1983. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 142 on pg. 230.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Imola Three I, from the Circuits Series, 1982 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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