Frank Stella (American, born 1936)
Chocorua II, 1966, fluorescent alkyd and epoxy
paints on canvas.
Museum Member purchase 1967.44
In reaction to the evocative use of paint by the Abstract
Expressionists, Frank Stella began to make paintings
that he considered to be themselves distinct material
objects as opposed to representations or personal expressions.
Explaining this idea he said that a picture was "a
flat surface with paint on it - nothing more".
In the late 1950s he produced a series of black striped
paintings that are by many accounts the earliest examples
of Minimalist art. By the mid 1960s he was making canvasses
shaped by interlocking geometric forms. In Chocorua
II Stella uses flat house paint, fluorescent colors
and a simple design to emphasize the painting’s
“thingness,” a term that describes the nature
of the painting as a thing in itself.