Ahead of a major retrospective of Frank Stella’s work due to take place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in autumn 2015, a new large-scale sculpture by the legendary American artist, and Honorary Royal Academician, is in the courtyard of the RA until May.
On show in the UK for the first time, Inflated Star and Wooden Star (2014) looked stunning against a deep blue sky in the early Spring sunshine when I saw it last week. Two massive stars of contrasting materials, one aluminium and the other teakwood, seem to be circling each another. The inflated aluminium star has a wonderful curvy mass while the wooden star is spiky and geometric, they appear locked together in some kind of gravitational dance.
Are the stars a play on Stella’s name? And are the two stars repelled by or attracted to each other?
You can enjoy this beautiful Frank Stella for free if you just pop in through the front gate and walk into the Annenberg Courtyard of the RA. Or just have a glance in if you are walking up Piccadilly.
Check out the special event below where Frank Stella will be in conversation with Dr David Anfam!
Frank Stella Hon RA in Conversation with Dr David Anfam
RA Schools Annual Lecture
Monday 11th May 2015
6.30 — 7.30pm
21 Albemarle Street,
Welcoming the legendary artist Frank Stella in conversation with Dr David Anfam.
£16. Concessions £5.