A Conversation with Frank Stella
American Academy Artist Talk
On the occasion of the exhibition “Frank Stella - The Retrospective. Works 1958 - 2012” at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the American Academy in Berlin hosts a conversation between Frank Stella and Hanno Rauterberg on the distinctive work of the renowned American artist. From early recognition of his groundbreaking departure from abstract expressionism through recent retrospectives of his vast and diverse artistic oeuvre, Stella has been celebrated for his boldness in challenging convention and willingness to innovate in works that have grown in complexity and scale throughout his artistic career. With his turn “from Minimalism to Maximalism,” he established himself as one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. The comprehensive retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg takes place from September 2012 to January 2013 and traces the artist’s development over the course of five decades.
You may also watch this American Academy Artist Talk live on the Academy’s livestream channel (www.livestream.com/americanacademy), where it will also be available as a video-on-demand shortly after the talk.
Frank Stella is one of the last living heroes of American painting from the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating from Princeton, the artist, hardly twenty-years old, conquered the late 1950s New York art scene with a sensation: His large Black Paintings not only intensified the debate on Minimalism in painting but also prepared the way for the “exit from the picture into space.” But unlike his contemporaries, Stella took a completely independent path that led him to ever more opulent, ever more baroque reliefs. From his Black Paintings , he expanded his palette to include bright colors and later incorporated non-painterly, three dimensional elements into paintings on canvas, finally breaking away from the surface in the production of freestanding sculptures and architectural structures. His recent works demonstrate yet again his compelling path in the direction of abstraction.
Hanno Rauterberg is a journalist, author and critic of art and architecture. Rauterberg has worked for the Spiegel Verlag and became cultural editor of Die Zeit in 1998. He has authored monographs on art and architecture criticism, as well as countless articles on art and culture. Rauterberg has received a number of prizes for his work in historic preservation, as well as for his criticism.
In cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Generously supported by August von Joest