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Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking

Mitra Abbaspour, Calvin Brown & Erica Cooke.
Item #: D10403
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 112 / 2018
Publisher: Princeton.
ISBN: 9780300236996
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Focusing on the vital role of literature in the development of Frank Stella's artistic practice, this book looks at four transformative series of prints made between 1984 and 1999. Shown in more than 50 color reproductions, here are illustrations for Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales, Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi's Dictionary of Imaginary Places, and the Had Gadya—a playful song from the Passover Seder. Most notably, Melville's solemn Moby-Dick is reimagined in joyful, explosively colorful abstract forms. Offering insights into the process, the text traces the parallels between Stella's interest in literature and experimentation with unconventional printmaking techniques.

 

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