In this recent body of work titled SCARLATTI SONATA KIRKPATRICK, Stella continues to push the boundaries of sculpture. On view will be three monumental works comprised of painted complex fiberglass elements intertwined with stainless steel spirals as well as several brightly painted, wall mounted constructions. The titles of these new sculptures are named after Domenico Scarlatti’s five hundred and fifty-five keyboard sonatas.
Frank Stella will open two major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2007. Frank Stella on the Roof in the Gerald Cantor Roof Garden will include monumental carbon fiber and stainless steel sculptures, the most recent, Chinese Pavilion, measuring approximately thirty feet long. In addition, Frank Stella: Painting into Architecture, in the Museum’s third floor galleries will be devoted to tracing Stella’s work from the sixties to the present demonstrating how Stella’s formal concerns have evolved from painting, to wall reliefs, to free standing sculpture that extends into architecture. These two exhibitions offer the artist’s first solo presentation at the Metropolitan.