Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Color Artist - Frank Stella

In this piece, Frank Stella successfully juxtaposes a grayscale painting with one of vibrant colors.  Individually, these pieces have a great deal of depth solely because of the way he split each canvas into diagonal fourths.  In the colored piece, he alternated vertical bands of primary colors with horizontal bands of complementary colors.   In the grayscale piece, it appears that a similar methods was used, using a grayscale value system rather than a color one.  This give both pieces the illusion that they are popping out of the wall, like pyramids.   Depth is not often found in Stella's other work, making this selection unique.  The adjacent placement of these two canvases was an interesting choice.  The result is that the saturation of the color canvas stands out a great deal.

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