Referencing his catalog of work from early minimalism to baroque to his more recent "gestural, layered, and complex," work, McQuaid observes that throughout the evolution of his career, Frank Stella has always been an "unswerving disciple to pure abstraction." She notes that the Addison exhibition, "adroitly demonstrates the critical role printmaking has played for Stella. His prints feed his paintings and sculptures, which in turn feed the prints."
For over fifty years, Stella (Phillips Academy Class of 1954) has created a significant body of abstract art comprised of paintings, reliefs, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective details the artist’s remarkable career as a printmaker. It presents, as evidence, over 100 prints offer a clear view of Stella’s stylistic evolution—a series of reinventions from the minimalist geometric abstraction of the early years to the baroque exuberance of the later gestural work. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective, the artist’s first major print retrospective since 1982, is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Richard H. Axsom.