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Frank Stella
Long Beach XXIII
1982


Project Area: Bunker Hill
Project: Wells Fargo Building
Project Location: Citigroup Center, 444 S. Flower Street
Project Type: Developer

Description:

Illuminating the otherwise somber and partially-exterior dark green marble wall adjacent to Citigroup Center's entrance (near the rear of the Mezzanine stairs) is Frank Stella's "Long Beach XXIII," a 22' wide painted sculptural piece. Serpentine shapes, a reference to automobile race courses, weave around the front of the honeycombed aluminum and fiberglass panels. "Long Beach XXIII" is one of the 95 works making up the "Circuit" series Stella executed between 1981 and 1984.

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Artist Profile

Born in 1936 in Massachusetts, Frank Stella is recognized as a significant figure in the history of American abstract painting and printmaking.  Stella studied history at Princeton University while painting in his free time.  He found great inspiration from the abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.  Soon after graduating in 1958, the artist moved to New York and began to develop his own voice through a flatter style that more closely resembled the work of Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns.  In the mid-1980s, Stella began to create three-dimensional works and by the 1990s he was developing freestanding sculptures for public spaces.  His artwork can be found in many major museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The artist continues to live and work in New York City.