Frank Stella / Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II / 1969Frank Stella
Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II

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Creator Name: Stella, Frank
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: b. 1936
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Frank Stella
Title: Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1969
Creation End Date: 1969
Creation Date: 1969
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: H.120 x W.240 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 69.132
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Dayton
Copyright: ? Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In 1967 Frank Stella began a series of brightly colored paintings based on the protractor, a drafting tool used for measuing and constructing angles. With the protractor he made three semicircular designs--the "interlace," the "rainbow" (seen here), and the "fan"--which he calls variations I, II, and III. He used these designs as the basis for the many paintings in the Protractor series.

Stella named the paintings after circular cities and archaeological sites in the Middle East, where he had traveled in 1963. Takht-i-Sulayman is an ancient shrine in Azerbaijan, Iran. But Stella insists that the meaning of his work is purely formal: "My painting is based on the fact that only what can be seen there is there. It really is an object.... You can see the whole idea without any confusion. What you see is what you see."

AMICA ID: MIA_.69.132
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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