Softcover, 326 pages, ISBN: 0-9789459-1-3
One of the world's leading painters and printmakers, the artist Frank Stella spent over a decade creating a major series of works linked with Herman Melville's classic novel Moby-Dick. Stella has created one or more works for each of the novel's 135 chapters. The completed series consists of 266 pieces: large metal reliefs, prints, monumental sculptures, a mural, and other items. The entire series is a highly ambitious, subtle, and liberating response to the novel. Frank Stella's Moby-Dick series is an extraordinary venture on a massive scale by a major artist.
Robert K. Wallace, an expert on Melville, has written a clear and comprehensive interpretation of Stella's artistic evolution during the creation of this series. Frank Stella's Moby-Dick describes the development of the series, traces its distribution and reception around the world, analyzes its rich and complex relation to the novel, and addresses the joint value of Stella's series and Melville's novel in expanding the consciousness of a shrinking world in the late twentieth century.
The exhibition Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons will be on view at the Toledo Museum of Art April 8 - July 24, 2011.