Cieszowa III, Frank Stella
Frank Stella
Cieszowa III
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Frank Stella

Cieszowa III, 1973


Dimensions
243.8 x 228.6 cm
Physical Description
Acrylic, fabric, felt and canvas on a construction of chipboard and cardboard
Inventory Number
2486
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

In Cieszowa III, each geometrical form indicates another spatial dimension – with the both simple and epochal goal of breaking up the picture as a two-dimensional object in front of the wall. The work belongs to a group of 130 pieces on which Stella worked between 1970 and 1973. Serving as a model was the building documentation in the book Wooden Synagogues (Piechotka, 1959) which he received from Richard Meier (architect, *1934). The structure consisting of several particle boards covered with canvas, felt and cloth is reminiscent of the decorative wooden constructions of Polish synagogues — here the one in the village Cieszowa. The pictorial object protrudes into the surrounding space and puts to question the traditional format of a panel painting.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Cieszowa III (Original Title)
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Acrylic, fabric, felt and canvas on a construction of chipboard and cardboard
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D33 triangle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 61E(CIESZOWA) names of cities and villages (CIESZOWA)

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Last update

22.10.2020