American artist Frank Stella (b. 1936) is a living connection to the postwar-era artwork of 1950s New York. Living in the city during the height of The New York School, his color-blocked, geometric paintings bridged the transition between the artistic movements of Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s and Minimalism of the 1960s and 70s. Stella’s work has always been rooted in the exploration of shape and color; moving from hard edged to organic forms in more recent decades. From this exploration stemmed his most iconic innovation—departure from the traditional canvas. Stella’s artwork ranges from simple circles and rectangles to complicated conglomerates; with sculptures that blur the lines between two- and three-dimensional space. In more recent years Stella has returned to his earlier, simplified aesthetic.
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