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Frank Stella, Pergusa Three Double, from the Circuits Series, 1984

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Pergusa Three Double, from the Circuits Series, 1984
Reference:Axsom 143.1
Series:Circuits 1982-1984
Medium:Relief, screenprint, woodcut, engraving on white TGL handmade, hand-colored paper
Image:102 in x 66 in (259.1 cm x 167.6 cm)
Sheet:102 in x 66 in (259.1 cm x 167.6 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-7078

Historical Description

Frank Stella Pergusa Three Double, 1984 is a fascinating composition in yellow, green, red, purple and blue from the artist’s Circuits Series of 1982-84. This work is an illustration of the Pergusa race track in Italy, one of the race tracks Stella visited across the globe in the 1970s. This work is composed of two sheets of a single mirrored image hinged together, and the image used is based on Stella’s Pergusa Three from one year prior. The background of this work is rendered in sketch-like marks in yellow, red and black. Smaller and more complex lines dance alongside this shape. The marks included in this work are quite naïve and playful in nature, as if produced in a sketchbook. However, the sheer size of this work which stands at nearly nine feet elevates the work to the world of fine art. The hand-drawn quality of these forms are produced as a result of Stella’s use of woodcutting and relief printing.

Frank Stella Pergusa Three Double, 1984 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, State I, Pergusa Three, Pergusa Three, State I, and Pergusa Three Double.

Created in 1984, this relief, screenprint, woodcut, and engraving 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 Pergusa Three Double, from the Circuits Series, 1984 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. 143.1 on pg. 235.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Pergusa Three Double, from the Circuits Series, 1984 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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