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Flin Flon VIII

Frank Stella, American, b. May 12, 1936

Creation date: 1970
Creation place: United States

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Type: Acrylic Painting
Medium and Support: Acrylic on canvas
Credit Line: Museum Purchase with Resale Funds from art given by Mrs. Frederick E. Davies and Mrs. Albert Gallatin Wheeler.
Accession Number: 1979.19
Dimensions: 108 x 108 x 4 in. (274.32 x 274.32 x 10.16 cm)
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San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1979 - )

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Stella has famously said of his art that “what you see is what you see,” a statement so often repeated that it is both defining and limiting. Beyond what you see, Stella pioneered a distinctive form of abstraction that deftly weaves painting and sculpture and exhibits an architectural sensibility. He is one of the most significant living artists and the only living artist to have two retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Flin Flon VIII relates to the artist’s Protractor Series, as evidenced by the flurry of colorful angular shapes evocative of the small tool. The title of this painting comes from a small town located on the border of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada. In this square canvas, Stella explores many of the ideas on the potential of form, color, and scale that he was experimenting with in his irregularly shaped canvases.
Last Updated: 10/14/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

High Societies: San Diego Museum of Art , 5/26/2001 - 8/12/2001

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015

Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 179, 218, Figure Number: 218

Ms. Betti-Sue Hertz. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 236, Figure Number: 236

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