Courtyard sculpture by Frank Stella Hon RA

18 February — 12 May 2015

A new large-scale sculpture by Frank Stella Hon RA, one of the most important living American artists, is on display in the Annenberg Courtyard.

Exhibited in the UK for the first time, Inflated Star and Wooden Star has been fabricated from aluminium and teakwood. Conceived digitally, the image is modelled and refined by Stella to the verge of minimalism before it goes into production. The contrasting materials employed in the sculpture, the natural wood against the highly finished metal, the differing treatments of space in the line-drawn star and the round curves of the solid star, create a tension and sense of the works being both repelled and attracted to each other at a fixed distance by an invisible force field.

Best known for his abstract painting, prints and sculptures, Stella’s early preoccupation with creating illusions of space within two dimensions has developed and evolved from ‘sculptural wall-based paintings’, to large free standing works that continue to employ his particular language of painting and spatial exploration. After graduating from Princeton University in 1958, Stella moved to New York City, where he absorbed the vibrant contemporary art scene founded by Abstract Expressionist figures such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. By 1970, with his post-painterly, Minimalist vision, Stella became the youngest ever artist to have a retrospective show in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Stella was made an Honorary Royal Academician in 1993 and his work can be found in prestigious international collections. He has been the subject of several retrospectives in the United States, Europe, and Japan. A major retrospective of Frank Stella’s work is due to take place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in autumn 2015.

18 February — 12 May 2015

Annenberg Courtyard

Free.