Frank Stella, Cantahar, 1998

Artist: Frank Stella (1936 - )
Title:Cantahar, 1998
Reference:Axsom 251
Series:Imaginary Places 1994-1999
Medium:Lithograph, Screenprint, and Intaglio in Colors on Heavy Wove Paper
Sheet:52 1/4 in × 52 1/4 in (132.7 cm × 132.7 cm)
Framed:57 3/4 in x 57 3/4 in (146.6 cm x 146.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from one of 6 Color Trial Proofs in pencil in the lower center margin, aside from the regular edition of 40.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7538
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Historical Description

Frank Stella Cantahar, 1998 exemplifies the compositional dynamism of Stella’s intricate layering technique with a psychedelic twist. Patches of neon hues along the outer edges of the composition add both depth and light to the overall image. The colors throughout this image softly fade into another hue, which creates an undulating effect. In the absence of perspectival depth or representational images, Stella creates depth through the interplay between color and line in his layering technique. Line is used to create organic shapes out of rhythmic patterns, accentuating the fragmented forms and evoking a sense of movement. For instance, the green, wing-like shape to the left of the composition is composed of repeating lines that fill the outline of the shape, creating a kind of web that resembles the pattern of a butterfly wing. Frank Stella Cantahar, 1998 offers a visual adventure through effervescent colors and rippling forms pieced together into a carefully composed collage.

Created in 1998, Frank Stella Cantahar is a lithograph, screenprint, and intaglio in colors on heavy wove paper. This work is hand signed and dated by Frank Stella (Massachusetts, 1936 - ) in pencil in the lower center margin and is a unique color trial proof #2 in pencil in the lower center margin, aside from the regular edition of 40.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Frank Stella Cantahar, 1998 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 H. Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016. The numbered edition of 40 variant is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 251.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Frank Stella Cantahar, 1998 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: $16-50k Contemporary