Frank Stella’s Stripped Down and Honest Physicality

 Photo by Gabriel Reed

Photo by Gabriel Reed

It’s not uncommon to hear people bemoan the inaccessibility of modern art. Viewers can easily be put off by esoteric concepts represented by works that value intellectual complexity over material execution. Frank Stella’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum is a stark reminder that the same environment that can breed such animosity can also yield work that is both novel and entirely accessible. Absolutely anyone can understand his work and appreciate it, largely because viewers are given the freedom to bring their own associations to each piece’s stripped down and honest physicality.

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