Detail View

Black Adder
Date: 1968
Dimensions: image: 11 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (28.6 x 65.4 cm) sheet: 16 1/4 x 29 in. (41.3 x 73.7 cm) mat: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte Collins from the Charles and Charlotte Collins Collection
Label Text: In 1959, a fellow Minimalist artist asserted, “Art excludes the unnecessary. Frank Stella has found it necessary to paint stripes. There is nothing else in his painting.” Black Adder is a lithograph from his “V" series, in which notched forms simultaneously push together and pull apart within a unified form. The meaning of Stella’s titles in this abstract series are unclear but, surprisingly, suggest specific (though obscure) visual references, including a South African mountain range and beach (Quathlamba and Ifafa), a Chilean valley (Itata), and a snake with V- or M-patterned markings (Black Adder). Having helped establish the Minimalist style in the 1960s, Stella subsequently experimented with other approaches to abstraction throughout his long career. He continued to be a prolific printmaker and painter, stretching toward increasingly sculptural and even architectural forms in recent years.
Object Number: 2009.63
Currently not on view