Other people’s art: Frank Stella

A few weeks back, on my four city tour of the UK I saw the Frank Stella show at Haunch of Venison. I knew a bit about Frank Stella, but when I got to the show I realised I didn’t actually know his work very well. I guess I’d always found it a bit dry when experienced by way of isolated pieces, normally used as some kind of narrative about the history of minimal art or New York in the 60’s. So I guess I went out of dutifulness rather than excitement. It was a pleasure to be bowled over by the experience of his protractor painting. What initially seemed like a large pointless nastily coloured half circular canvas turned into a vibrating enveloping monster once I’d allowed it a moment. Worth seeing just for that. It’s on now.

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