Lately I have a tendency to compare everything to Stella—I guess that’s a measure of how highly I regard his contribution. But comparison is valid when the artist is working in a similar way, or with comparable goals. Turns out that many artists have made worthwhile initiatives with shaped canvases and painted relief, often long before Stella. The famous architect and designer Frederick Kiesler, for example, produced this very striking and unusual piece in 1960, when Stella was still painting stripes. I think it’s
worthy of both Stella and Hofmann, if that last comparison makes any sense.