Frank Stella 1958

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
February 4–May 7, 2006

Wexner Center for the Arts
The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
September 9–December 31, 2006

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
May 25–August 20, 2006

Curated by Harry Cooper and Megan R. Luke

In 1968, a decade into Stella's groundbreaking career, David Antin could only shake his head: “Frank Stella is also not the Frank Stella everybody thought he was.” The search for the real Stella continues with this exhibition, which gathers twenty works (many previously overlooked, even by the catalogue raisonné) from the months in 1958 leading up to the “Black Paintings”—when a freshly graduated Stella shared studio space with Carl Andre, attended lectures by an increasingly optical-minded Clement Greenberg, gawked at the sudden rise of Jasper Johns's “anti-art,” and concocted colorful, drooling, often funky paintings that both prepared for and violate the uniformity and order of the logolike canvases to come.

Travels to the Menil Collection, Houston, May 25–Aug. 20; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columus, OH, Sept 9-Dec. 31.