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Frank Stella at the Whitney

Thanks to my dear friend, Barbara, who is a member of practically every cultural institution in New York, I was able to see the Whitney Museum of American Art for the first time  in its magnificent new space. It is situated in Gansevoort Street just south of the end of the High Line. A very enjoyable afternoon could be spent walking the High Line from 36th Street to the southern end and then popping off into the Whitney where, among other things, one could get dramatic views of the city from the upper observation platforms.

On this occasion, there was a bonus for me; the Whitney had mounted a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Frank Stella which sits happily in the large airy spaces the new premises command. I was not previously aware of the artist’s work (except, perhaps, a dim memory I have of his early all-black canvases.) but now, having seen the vast scope of his talent in every medium, I wish I had kept up! I like, particularly, his flamboyant colouring of geometric canvasses and  equally flamboyant shape of his sculptures.

Click on the pictures for detail:

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View from the fifth floor observation deck . . . .

View from the fifth floor observation deck . . . .

 

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Prejudiced, maybe, but I like this precision woodwork!

Prejudiced, maybe, but I like this precision woodwork!

 

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Twins?

Inquisitive twins?

 

This is reminiscent of my time in a steel factory; when a pour went wrong, the molten steel couldn't be left to solidify in the crucible (the crucible would be ruined) so it had to be jettisoned onto the factory floor. When it settled onto the scrap metal piles, the result was similar to the artwork!

This is reminiscent of my time in a steel factory; when a pour went wrong, the molten steel couldn’t be left to solidify in the crucible (the crucible would be ruined) so it had to be jettisoned onto the factory floor. When it settled onto the scrap metal piles, the result was similar to this artwork!

 

 . . . . Barbara and I standing in front of it. But notice the open view of the river at the end of the Gallery!

. . . . Barbara and I standing in front of it. But notice the open view of the river at the end of the Gallery!

 

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Space and Light!

Space and Light!

 

Finally, here is a bit of street art just up the road from the Whitney.

Finally, here is a bit of street art just up the road from the Whitney.

 

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2 Responses

  1. REALLY enjoyed your photos of Frank Stella’s art. Dave would have agreed with your selection of the wood piece.

    • Amy. I’m sure he would. And, like me, he would have got a lot of fun out of the wildly coloured collections of things. Ben

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