September 29 – October 17, 2021
Frank Stella: What You See Is What You See
41-43 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PD UK
Private view: Tuesday 28th September 2021
Launching alongside this yearʼs Frieze Masters (13th – 17th October 2021), Shapero Modern will hold the first comprehensive UK exhibition of Frank Stella works since 2013. The exhibition covers the period 1967 – 2001, showing the progression of Stellaʼs prolific career. The Shapero Modern show is a survey of Frank Stellaʼs prints and works on paper bringing the experimentation in his printmaking, his love of colour and his enduring relationship with abstraction to a new audience.
Stella, whilst prominent as both an abstract painter and sculptor, also made major contributions to the history of modern print and no biography or survey of the artist would be complete without acknowledging this rich side of his artistic practice. Stella himself commented ʻthe prints are in all of myworkʼ.
It was, however, Stellaʼs collaboration with the master printer and publisher Kenneth Tyler that produced one of ʻthe great partnerships in modern American Artʼ. Tyler and Stella first began to print together in 1967, at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, and later at Tyler Graphics LTD in New York. Tyler became such an intrinsic part of Stellaʼs print work that when Tyler Graphics LTD shuttered its doors in 2001, Stella stopped making prints altogether.
Shapero Modern was founded in 2014 under the guidance of Gallery Director Tabitha Philpott-Kent, specialising in Post War and Contemporary prints, multiples and works on paper with a particular focus on American 20th-century art. It recently moved to its exciting new home on Maddox Street, operating for the first time in a separate building to Shapero Rare Books.
Under the curatorial eye of Philpott-Kent, Shapero Modern will run a programme of six exhibitions per year, from both primary and secondary market artists, including collaborations with contemporary living artists as well as masters of 20th-century Post War prints and works on paper.
Shapero Modern exhibits at major art fairs worldwide including Art Miami, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York, Masterpiece London and Frieze Masters, while Tabitha and her team are on hand to advise on all aspects of the art market and collecting.