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Frank Stella

Gemini G.E.L.

Eleven editions of lithographs by Frank Stella have been completed at Gemini G.E.L. Nine of the editions form a suite entitled Black Series I. Each is 15 1/16 x 22”. They are geometric striped patterns. The respective solution which each print proposes relative to the other eight presents an almost infinite range of possibilities. Their combined interdependence distinguishes them immediately from the 1959 black stripe paintings: conceived sequentially they take on the individual character of totemic images. They were drawn with lithographic pencil on aluminum plates; the white line is created by the absence of ink. The black and white configurations are oriented basically to the left and bottom of the format. All are rectangular; all but one are single to a plate, undivided marginally.

Two issues arise immediately: first, the old question of avoiding flat optical illusionism, which is

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