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Oral history interview with Frank Stella, 1969

Stella, Frank, 1936-

Painter, Designer, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 32 Pages, Transcript

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, New York.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

35mm microfilm reel 3418 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Item is a transcript.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Frank Stella, 1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.