FRANK STELLA: A RETROSPECTIVE at the Whitney Museum of American Art (10.30.2015-2.7.2016) takes up the entire fifth floor of the new Whitney. This amazing amount of work, ranging from careful, quiet intelligence to loudly, expressive energy offers an astounding esthetic experience by one of the greatest living artist.
The Whitney website not only shows many of his paintings and wall sculptures but includes spoken commentary. I can add little insight except my own personal response. I was taken by the small studies of what I think of Stella’s three primary directions of his work to date – minimal painting, wall sculptures, free-standing sculptures.
These little studies, from the 60’s I’m guessing, were maybe 18-20″ squares exploring minimal options of straight line in a color field. They reminded me of Sol LeWitt and his large Mass MoCA installations.