SINJERLI VARIATION Ia

Frank Stella
SINJERLI VARIATION Ia
lithograph & screenprint
1977

An original hand-signed Frank Stella lithograph & screenprint print.

1977

Offset lithograph and screenprint in 32 colors on 320 gram Arches Cover wove paper

Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower right F. Stella ’77.

A superb artist’s proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 100, one of 20 artist’s proofs (there were 4 additional proofs, for an overall edition of 124), annotated and numbered in Roman numerals in pencil also lower right.  One of six plates from the Sinjerli Variations.  Published by Petersburg Press, New York; printed in the artist’s workshop studio by Bruce Porter, James Welty and John Campione.

Catalog: Axsom 114.

25 inches (diameter)

Sheet Size: 32 x 42 inches

This is one of six lithographs which comprise the Sinjerli Variations suite.  The six lithographs (with screenprinted key-lines) that make up the suite are based on six interlaced variations of the painting “Sinjerli I” in the Protractor Series of 1967-70.  The thirty-one shaped-canvas formats of these paintings were derived from multiples of the protractor shape.  The individual paintings of the series were named for concentric circular cities of the ancient Near East and early Moslem civilization.  Sinjerli was a Hittite city whose double wall formed a nearly perfect circle.  (Stella’s source for the titles was K.A.C. Creswell, A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, England, 1958).

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