Frank Stella: Sculpture

7 November – 20 December 2014, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

Puffed Star ŒŒ, 2014. Photo: Jason Wyche. © the artist / Artists Rights Society (¿¼Ã), New York. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

What should we make of Puffed Star II (2014)? Well, for one, it’s big: almost six metres high and wide. It’s shiny too: pure polished aluminium. And it’s regularly geometric: a 20-pointed, equal-sided star with protuberant – ‘puffed’ – planes. If it hadn’t been made by Frank Stella, one could be forgiven for thinking that Jeff Koons had turned his attention to Christmas-tree decorations. That might be good for Koons, but it’s not for Stella. In all fairness to Jeff,…

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