Unremarkable

I have a catalog from the Albright-Knox called American Painting of the Seventies. As it happens few of the included are what we would call 70s artists, they are mostly good artists who happened to be alive and working during that period. In this context, with a range from Jo Baer to Alice Neel to Joan Mitchell to Ed Ruscha to Twombly, Johns, Rothenberg, Marden and so on, Stella’s Exotic Birds don’t look especially remarkable, or even promising. They certainly don’t stand far above everything else. Readers of this blog will know that, in my estimation, the Moby Dick series puts Stella on another level, and I would include the Imaginary Places prints and paintings, and the Kleist series as well.

Frank Stella, The Madwoman of Locarno 1999 (detail right side)

Frank Stella, The Madwoman of Locarno 1999 (detail right side)

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