New York

Frank Stella

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

The question has been “what will Stella do next” for so long that, lately, getting over disappointed expectations delays entertaining the possibility that Stella, at least, may have changed the question to “what has Stella done?”. If the flashy French-curve reliefs that so disturbed the peace in 1976 seemed, at the time anyway, to break with what came before, and were among the first Stella pieces to signify as individual entities independent of serial context, the newest work apparently aims to reinsert all the reliefs back into that series. The pieces are a coda, in a way, a formal autobiography.

Retrospective synthesis isn’t new for Stella, and although that synthesis has mainly been concerned with the major art movements of the 20th century (Art Deco, Orphism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism, and, in two of the constructions here, Bauhaus), he has never been shy about

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