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Star of Persia I.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Los Angeles (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stella, Frank (artist)
    Gemini GEL (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on graph paper

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.513-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR79, box MP338

  • Public access description

    The American painter and sculptor, Frank Stella,was one of the most influential exponents of Minimalism, the movement in painting and sculpture which developed in the 1960s as a reaction to the so called excesses of Abstract Expressionism. Its exponents sought to emphasize the nature of the materials from which their painting or sculpture was created and to reduce colour, line and form to a series of simple geometric arrangements. Although Stella’s work from the 1970s onward shifted away from this earlier precision and clarity on flat surfaces, his early contributions to Minimalism were seminal, with patterns of angled, parallel stripes, often in arrangements which emphasised the shape of the canvas, which was sometimes irregular.

    In 1967 he met Ken Tyler of Gemini - one of the leading print studios in the USA from the 1960s onward. It was with Tyler that he began printmaking and his first prints were Star of Persia Iand Star of Persia II (designs from the Notched V series of 1964-65) and the entire edition sold by the end of the year.

  • Physical description

    Hexagonal shape divided into 6 triangles radiating from the centre, each a different colour and with a 'v' shaped notch removed from the margin of each. Each section is articulated with a pattern of parallel lines following the outline of the remaining 'v'

  • Marks and inscriptions

    F.Stella ' 67/ 52/92
    Signed, dated and numbered in pencil
    Blind stamped with publisher's mark and copyright mark, and with the publisher's mark again, in ink

  • Dimensions

    Height: 66 cm sheet, Width: 81.2 cm sheet

  • Descriptive line

    Frank Stella: colour lithograph: Star of Persia I. 1967

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Limited edition

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection