New York

Frank Stella

Leo Castelli Gallery

Surprisingly or not, Frank Stella provided the most direct contrast to Minimal leanings. His new works are an overwhelming circus of materials. Never mind the meaning of his bizarre new direction, or the impulse behind the radical profusion of elements—Stella has left refinement so far behind as to render it forever dead. The new works cross almost every line there is, between painting and sculpture, assemblage and montage, hard-edge, color field and punk. Perhaps he just enjoys wreaking havoc with critical definitions.

Hints of his intentions have surfaced before. Works from 1976, featuring cutout protractors, scribbled and painted and placed in relief on metal backings with sprinklings of glitter, provided the raw materials. These pieces throw caution to the wind, cast away the back plane (the canvas-remnant) and replace it with an open grid of steel rod. Protractors, fleurs-de-lys,

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