Frank Stella (American, born in 1936)


233.7 x 307.3 x 91.4 cm (92 x 121 x 36 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mixed media on corrugated aluminum

On View

Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)


Americas, Contemporary Art



This piece is part of Stella’s Indian Bird series, a precursor of his current work. The series is composed of twelve exuberant reliefs that Stella conceived and first executed as metal maquettes (small models) when he was visiting friends in Ahmedabad, India. The brilliant color and metallic glitter reflect the artist’s experience of the art and environment of that country. Stella is often concerned with structure and support in his work; here, the undulating grid functions not merely as background but as an actual physical support, such as canvas provides for paint. The work further challenges traditional definitions of painting by projecting out into the viewer’s space.


The artist; with M. Knoedler and Company, New York; 1980, purchased by The Gund Collection, Cambridge, MA; gift to MFA, Boston, September 26, 2001

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund


© 2011 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York