Getty Tomb

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Getty Tomb

United States, 1959
Paintings
Black enamel on canvas
84 x 96 in. (213.36 x 243.84 cm)
Contemporary Art Council Fund (M.63.21)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Label

Getty Tomb is one of about two dozen works by Frank Stella known as the Black Paintings (1958–60), which are composed of parallel bands of flat black paint separated by thin lines of unpainted ...
Getty Tomb is one of about two dozen works by Frank Stella known as the Black Paintings (1958–60), which are composed of parallel bands of flat black paint separated by thin lines of unpainted canvas. To make these works, Stella applied commercial paint with a house painter’s brush, which dictated the width of the black stripes. Eliminating illusionistic space and any narrative or symbolic allusions, this series called attention to the physical properties of paint and canvas, conveying Stella’s statement that “what you see is what you see.” With their highly controlled brushwork and minimal compositions, the Black Paintings were a radical departure from Abstract Expressionism.

Exhibition wall label, 2021.
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