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Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Ein Schauspiel, 3X

Frank Stella

Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Ein Schauspiel, 3X

Frank Stella
  • Date: 1998 - 2001
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: sculpture
  • Media: steel, aluminium, fiberglass

Given Stella's creation of numerous, at times large-scale, paintings with protruding three-dimensional elements, the production of freestanding sculptures or architectural structures might have seemed the next logical step for the artist. Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Ein Schauspiel, 3X is just that - a massive composition whose spiraling forms and clusters continues the visual lexicon of the artist's painterly reliefs. Sitting outside the National Gallery of Art, it is one of Stella's first monumental works - weighing in just under ten tons and measuring an enormous 31 x 39 x 34 feet. The title comes from the name of a play by the eighteenth-century German playwright Heinrich von Kleist about love and war.

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