Frank Stella

Jacobson Howard is pleased to announce the first showing in the United States of a new series of works by Frank Stella. The exhibition opens February 12th and continues through March 13th 2004.

The new works refer to key archeological sites in ancient Anatolia, the seat of neolithic civilization from 7000-6000 BC. Stella has documented his fascination with early art forms, writing, after a visit to the caves at Lascaux in 1999: "I found it hard to imagine, and then, even having actually seen it, I still found it hard to believe that Palaeolithic painting is easily the equal of the best Renaissance painting ... Now having thought it all over, I am struck by how the confidence and looseness of abstract painting at the end of the century can help us match their successes."

Although named after specific sites, these works are not representations of them, however the techniques and materials he is using in this new work—sand casting and found object—are suggestive of the whole archeological process. For the first time Stella has not predetermined the orientation of the works, which can be displayed at any angle. Extraordinary conglomerations of rusted metal and shiny aluminum, these wall sculptures are mounted on a ring which allows them to be rotated 360 degrees.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

Jacobson Howard and The Art Newspaper will be hosting brunch to view the exhibition: Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st, 9.30-11.30 am. RSVP