Frank Stella

1936
Born to Frank and Constance Stella on May 12th, in Malden, Massachusetts. His father is a gynaecologist and his mother attended art school.

1950
Attends Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, where he studies with abstract painter, Patrick Morgan. Here he meets Carl Andre and Hollis Frampton.

1954
Attends Princeton University.

1956
Studies painting with Stephen Greene, artist-in-residence at Princeton. Meets classmate Michael Fried.

1958
Begins Black series paintings. Graduates Princeton with a BA in History. Moves to New York and leases a storefront. Sees Jasper Johns’ Flag and Target paintings at the Leo Castelli Gallery.

1959
Continues Black series. First professional exhibition, a group show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Dorothy Miller, curator of Museum of Modern Art, New York visits Stella’s studio with Leo Castelli. Miller is organizing Sixteen Americans and returns for a second visit with Alfred Barr, the museum’s director. She invites Stella to participate in the exhibition. He shows four Black paintings. MoMA purchases The Marriage of Reason and Squalor.

1960
Finishes Black series. Begins Aluminium series, which are then shown in first one-man show at the Leo Castelli Gallery. Begins Copper series. Applies for Fulbright Grant to study in Japan.

1961
Begins Benjamin Moore series. Travels to Florida with Sidney Guberman. Fulbright Grant refused. Makes first trip to Europe. First European one-man show at the Galerie Lawrence, Paris. Marries Barbara Rose in London.

1962
Daughter, Rachel, born. Begins Concentric Squares and Mitered Mazes series.

1963
Artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College, teaches advanced painting students. Paints Dartmouth series. Travels in Iran with MoMA curator, Henry Geldzahler. On return to New York paints Purple series.

1964
Begins Moroccan series, Running-V, and Notched-V series. Included in Post Painterly Abstraction exhibition directed by Clement Greenberg at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Included in US section of XXXII Biennale in Venice, organized by Alan Solomon.

1965
Completes Notched-V series. Included in “Three Americans” exhibition at Fogg Art Museum. Travels to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. First use of wide bands of colour in a single painting.

1966
Son, Michael, is born. Performs in Robert Rauschenberg’s “Open Score”.

1967
Appointed Artist-in-residence at the University of California, but does not teach due to refusal to sign California’s loyalty oath. Makes first lithographs at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Teaches advanced students at Emma Lake Workshop of the University of Saskatchewan.

1968
Receives Annual Creative Arts Award from Brandeis University.

1969
Teaches undergraduate painting at Brandeis University as the Saltzman Visiting Artist.

1970
Retrospective exhibition organized by William S. Rubin, opens at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

1974
Begins working at Swan Engraving Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut on the etching of metal reliefs. Begins work at Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford, New York. Receives Honorary Degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

1975
Daugther, Laura, born to Shirley De Lemos Wyse. Petersburg Press installs lithography press on first floor of Stella’s home.

1976
Creates design for BMW race car, which is then painted in Munich and driven at Le Mans later that year.

1979
Receives Claude Moore Fuess Award for “distinguished contribution to public service” from Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Creates design for BMW race car for Peter Gregg.

1980
Survives auto crash with Peter Gregg on the way to Le Mans racetrack. Begins to work on first intaglio/relief prints at Tyler Graphics.

1981
Receives Honorary Fellowship from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Receives Medal for Painting and Sculpture of the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

1982
Receives The Mayor of the City of New York’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture from Edward Koch. Son, Peter, is born. Completes a residency in Rome as Painting Fellow at American Academy.

1983
Named Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Finishes residency at American Academy in Rome.

1984
Receives honorary degree from Princeton University. Son, Patrick, is born.

1985
Makes series of ceramic reliefs with ceramicist, Frank Bosco. Receives honorary degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Receives Award of American Art from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

1986
At Tyler Graphics Ltd., begins experimenting with three-dimensional dome shapes, made of paper pulp. Receives honorary degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

1987
Second retrospective opens at the Museum of Modern Art, organized by William S. Rubin.

1988
Creates first architectural piece; a proposal for footbridge over River Seine, Paris.

1990
At Tyler Graphics Ltd., creates The Symphony, commissioned by US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.

1991
Creates study and models for Kunsthalle and Garden Project, consisting of five buildings and an orangery, Dresden; commissioned by Rolf Hoffmann.

1992
Designs exterior and interior decorative relief friezes, and interior dome of Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto.

1995
Teaches advanced studio class as Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture.

2001
Receives Gold Medal of the National Arts Club in New York.

Present
Lives and works in New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1960
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1961
Galerie Lawrence, Paris

1962
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1963
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles

1964
Kasmin Ltd., London
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1965
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles

1966
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Pasadena Art Musum, Los Angeles

1967
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1968
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington DC
Irving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
Kasmin Ltd., London

1969
Mayaguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Brandeis, Massachusetts
Irving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

1970
Museum of Modern Art, Retrospective, New York
Hayward Gallery, London
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1971
Kasmin Gallery, London
Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York

1973
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Knoedler Gallery, New York
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

1975
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1976
André Emmerich Gallery, Zürich
Bilder und Graphik at Kunsthalle, Basel, Germany
Knoedler Gallery, New York
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1977
Hans Strelow and Rudolf Zwirner Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Retrospective, Germany
Kunsthalle Tubingen, Retropsective, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Knoedler Gallery, London

1978
Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas
Newport Harbor Art Musuem, California
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi
Denver Art Museum, Denver
The Minneapolis Museum of Arts, Minnesota
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Galerie Valeur, Nagoya, Japan

1979
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts

1980
Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporains de Bordeaux, France
Kunstmuseum, Basel, Germany

1981
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Knoedler Gallery, New York
Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon
William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
Madison Art Center, Wisconsin

1982
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Retrospective, Michigan
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston
Brunnier Gallery and Museum, Arnes, Iowa
Cleveland Museum of Art
Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Illinois
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Tennessee
Beaumont Art Museum, Texas
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Japan

1983
The Jewish Museum, New York
Jacksonville Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Skirball Museum, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts

1984
Fort Worth Art Museum, Texas

1985
Knoedler Gallery, New York
Port Washington Public Library, New York
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Knoedler Gallery, London
ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

1986
The Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1987
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Knoedler Gallery, London
Museum of Modern Art, Retrospective, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museé National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

1988
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, West Germany

1989
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Frederick S. Wright Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles
M. Knoedler & Co., New York

1990
Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zürich
Knoedler/Kasmin, London
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki
Heland Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
65 Thompson Street, New York

1991
Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
Galerie Beyeler, Roy Lichtenstein, Basel
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Salcurachiba, Japan
Kitakyushu Museum of Art, Japan
Casino Knokke, Belgium
Knoedler/Kasmin, London
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Rubin Spangle Gallery, New York

1992
Evelyn Amis Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Japan
Tokyo American Center, Tokyo, Japan
Fukuoka American Center, Japan
Sapporo American Center, Japan
Jetty East, Nagoya, Japan
Kyoto International Community House, Japan
Knoedler & Co., New York

1993
Galerie Kaj Forsblom, Zurich
65 Thompson Street, New York
Meredith Long & Co., Houston
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Lesser Frisch Cabot, New York
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt,
Palazzo della Espozioni, Rome, Italy
Stadtbaus Ulm Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Venice, California

1994
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Salcurachiba, Japan
Waddington Galleries, London
Knoedler & Company, New York
American Fine Arts Co./Colin de Land Fine Art, New York

1995
Museuo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Dijon, France
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Knoedler & Company, New York
Leo Castelli, New York

1996
Archi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
Haus der Kunst, Retrospective, Munich

1997
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Kagoshima City Museum of Art, Kagoshima City, Japan
Tyler Graphics
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Leo Castelli, New York

1998
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
Knoedler & Company, New York

1999
Sperone Westwater, New York
Kunsthaus, Cologne
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2000
Richard Gray, Chicago
Barbara Mathes, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami

2001
Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf
National Gallery, Washington DC

2002
Galerie Terminus, Munich
Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana

2004
New York, Gagosian Gallery Madison, New York

2006
Galerie Thomas, Munich
Jacobson Howard, New York

2007
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin
Peter Freeman Inc., New York
Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami

2008
Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York
Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York

2009
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
Paul Kasmin Gallery

2010
Hood Museum of Art - Dartmouth College, Hanover

2012
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
L&M Arts, New York
Haunch of Venison, London
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Neue Nationalagerie, Berlin
The Phillips Collection, Washington

2013
Watterling Gallery, Stockholm

2014
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

2015
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2016
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1959
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1964
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Biennale XXXII

1965
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1966
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

1967
US Pavilion at Expo 67, Montreal

1968
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1969
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1971
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1972
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

1973
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1999
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

2000
Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

2003
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Gogh Modern, Paris

2004
Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Das MoMA, Berlin

2007
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2009
Olyvia Fine Art Ltd, London

2010
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

2011
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Tate St. Ives, St. Ives
The de Young Museum, San Francisco
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2012
The Jewish Museum of New York, New York
The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin Collection
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

2013
Gagosian Gallery, London
Hauser & Wirth, London
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington

2014
Dominique Lévy, New York and London
National Academy Museum, New York
de Young Museum, San Francisco

2015
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Baltimore Museum, Maryland

Brooklyn Museum, New York
Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan

Kitakyushu Municipal Museum, Japan

Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

Los Angeles County Museum, California

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum Boymans von Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Nationalgalerie, Berlin

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Philadelphia Art Museum, Pennsylvania


The Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Seattle Art Museum, Washington

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Tate, London, England

Vancouver Art Museum, British Columbia, Canada

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, West Germany

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York