New York

Frank Stella

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

Frank Stella’s new paintings continue to simplify and enlarge aspects of the protractor and compass series. They appear to reject an earlier “eccentricity” of format to favor regularly shaped rectangular supports or simple lunette-shaped canvases. Although the support may be of simpler configuration, the system whereby it was generated is perhaps not so simple as it may first appear, nor is it without complex side effects. The shape of the present support results from the play of circle and square interlockings and overlappings. This last feature is noteworthy in Stella’s evolution, as it supposes a spatial premise with regard to the circle or the square sections, either before or behind one another. The simple shape of the support results from the coincidence of the diameter of the protractor image with the perpendiculars of the edges of the canvas. The width of the bands of color are

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