© Frank Stella. ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021
This print is part of a portfolio of 10 screenprints, published in an edition of 500 by Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut. These prints by leading American artists of the 1960s, demonstrate how appropriate the medium was for the hard edged style of post-painterly abstraction.
The prints were commissioned by Sam Wagstaff, Curator of the Wadsworth Athenaeum. He said that he wanted people 'to get as big a hunk of the current aesthetic as they could as cheaply as possible'. Wagstaff asked each artist to provide a design; a proof was returned to them for approval and/or adjustment. The responses of the artists were varied, Stella, when given a cheque for $500, said: 'Do you mean you're giving me money for this?'
In the 1960s print-making became an important element in Stella's artistic output and this example typifies his distinctive visual language which made him such an innovative and influential figure in American art.