Frank Stella. The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II. 1959

Frank Stella The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II 1959

  • Not on view

This painting consists of two identical vertical sets of concentric, inverted U-shapes. Each half contains twelve stripes of black enamel paint that seem to radiate from the single vertical unpainted line at their center. With this "regulated pattern," Stella explained, he forced "illusionistic space out of the painting at a constant rate." Working freehand, he applied the commercial black enamel paint with a housepainter's brush; slight irregularities are visible. Stella made this painting for MoMA's exhibition Sixteen Americans in 1959, at which time the Museum purchased it.

Gallery label from 2011.
Medium
Enamel on canvas
Dimensions
7' 6 3/4" x 11' 3/4" (230.5 x 337.2 cm)
Credit
Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund
Object number
725.1959
Copyright
© 2019 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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