He experimented the black interrupted by a network of thin lines strictly identical and equidistant, horizontal and vertical. In this universe, all angles are right. An extreme care in paint application enables to achieve a complete homogeneity of the surface and a perfect regularity of the lines.
The Benjamin Moore brand offers six colors in alkyd: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. In 1961, Stella executes a series of six paintings on large size canvas, one for each commercial color, with variations in the pattern of lines. He later produced copies in smaller dimensions.
Stella is provoking. The series is named Benjamin Moore, and each work receives for its title the name of a famous American battle. He punctuates this homage to the manufacturer by claiming his intention to carry out his art without losing the original quality of the paint in the tube.
Delaware Crossing, alkyd on canvas 196 x 196 cm, appears as a seminal work for the introduction of color in the art of Frank Stella. Announced as one of the preferred paintings of A. Alfred Taubman, it is estimated $ 8M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on November 4, lot 4T.
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SOLD for $ 13.7M including premium