Frank Stella | Sinjerli Variation IV | 1968
Acrylic on canvas, Diameter: 120 in.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, and partial gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine, Sr.
© 2021 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Frank Stella's Sinjerli Variation IV is part of his protactor series of 1967 to 1969, in which the artist employed monumental scale, garish color juxtapositions and, for the first time, curvilinear forms derived from the drawing tools referenced in the series title. Stella had circular stretchers specially made for his canvases that measured around 12 feet in diameter. Once painted, these massive canvases created a decorative muralism for the gallery wall, making-in Stella's words-"decorative painting truly viable in unequivocal abstract terms."