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Shards Variant 1a by Frank Stella

Shards Variant 1a
by Frank Stella

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Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: AP II

Sheet Size: 45 1/2 x 39 3/4 inches inches

Reference: Axsom 149.


Condition: Pristine

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Original lithograph and screenprint in colors from 43 runs from 33 aluminum plates and 2 screens on 320 gram Arches Cover wove paper.

Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower right F. Stella ’82.

A superb proof impression of the definitive state, one of 10 such artist’s proofs, apart from the numbered edition of 38, annotated “AP” in pencil also lower right (there were 20 proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 48). One of nine plates from the series Shards. Published by Petersburg Press, New York; printed by John Hutcheson, James Welty, Spencer Tomkins and Norman Lassiter.

Shards, comprising five lithographs on screenprinted paper and four variants, is the second series related to the Circuits paintings of 1981. It was the last project Stella undertook with Petersburg Press. The Shards Series of paintings (1982-83) was fashioned, in large part, from leftover elements from the Circuits paintings and prints. The word “shards” usually associated with fragments of broken earthenware, here suggests Stella’s use of discarded scrap material, a method of working that would become increasingly to define his practice as an artist.

Although the Shards and Circuits prints relate to the same painting series, the effects they achieve could hardly be more different. In Shards, the staccato rhythms of floating abstract shapes recall Wassily Kandinsky’s and Joan Miró’s biomorphic surrealism of the 1930’s. With a similar expressiveness, Stella’s series is both jazzy and whimsical.

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