Oral history interview with Frank Stella, 1969

Stella, Frank , b. 1936
Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker, Designer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 32 pages

Collection Summary: An interview of Frank Stella conducted in 1969, by Sidney Tillim, for the Archives of American Art.

Stella speaks of his expectations and ambitions regarding his painting career; the development of his artistic ability as a child; his early tendencies to rebel against convention in art; the influence of other abstract expressionists, particularly Kenneth Noland; his education at Princeton; studying under William Seitz; and the present status of figurative painting. He recalls Walter Darby Bannard and Michael Fried.

Biographical/Historical Note: Frank Stella (1936- ) is a painter from New York, N.Y.

This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Frank Stella, 1969, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Frank Stella, 1969, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.