Untitled, from "Ten Works + Ten Painters"

Accession Number

Untitled, from "Ten Works + Ten Painters"

Frank Stella

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

24 1/16 in x 20 1/16 in (61.12 cm x 50.96 cm);18 in x 18 in (45.72 cm x 45.72 cm);32 1/8 in x 26 1/8 in (81.6 cm x 66.36 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Graham and Marianne Smith

Label copy
Various Artists
Ten Works x Ten Painters
Gift of Graham and Marianne Smith
George Ortman (born 1926)
Screenprint on paper
Frank Stella (born 1936)
Screenprint on paper
Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923)
Screenprint on paper
Robert Motherwell (1915–1991)
Screenprint and collage on paper
Andy Warhol (1928–1987)
Birmingham Race Riot
Screenprint on paper
Stuart Davis (1894–1964)
Screenprint on paper
Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997)
Sandwich and Soda
Screenprint on mylar
Larry Poons (born 1937)
Screenprint on paper
Robert Indiana (born 1928)
External Hexagon
Screenprint on paper
Ad Reinhardt (1913–1967)
Screenprint on paper
In the early 1960s there was a widespread printmaking revival in the United States. During this time numerous studios and workshops were established on the East and West Coasts, including Tamarind Workshop, Universal Limited Art Editions, Gemini G.E.L., and Crown Point Press. This revitalization of printmaking coincided with the rise of Pop art and Minimalism, two modern art movements that shared with printmaking an interest in modern technology, reproducibility, and mass production. Further support was generated by newly formed professional organizations and publications devoted solely to the medium and art of printmaking. Galleries and museums began to acquire, exhibit, and commission limited edition prints and print portfolios. One particularly popular strategy was to publish the work of several artists together. Ten Works x Ten Painters is one of the earliest examples of this type of portfolio and is especially notable because it was the first to be published by a museum. Samuel J. Wagstaff, the curator of paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, who commissioned the portfolio, wanted to make work by major American artists accessible to a wider audience and range of collectors. Many of the ten prints express a Pop sensibility, either in subject or color choice, but the selection of artists was still diverse. Each of the prints was based on a painting the artists had previously created, and for Wagstaff, the unifying bond among the prints was their flatness and the ease in which the painting was translated to ink on paper.
All of the works in the portfolio—printed by Norman Ives and Sewell Sillman at Sirocco Screenprints in New Haven, Connecticut—were silkscreen prints on paper with the exception of two: the Lichtenstein, which was printed on mylar, and the Motherwell, which had additional paper collage elements. In both cases, it was the first time the artist had employed these techniques.

Subject matter
This work is one of ten prints published within a portfolio, “Ten Works + Ten Painters”, commissioned by Samuel J. Wagstaff from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in 1964. This portfolio was one of the earliest to have several artists published together to make major American artists accessible to a wider audience and range of collectors. Each print in this portfolio was based on a painting the artists had previously created. Some of the artists represented, in addition to Frank Stella are, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein who were associated with the Pop and Minimalism art movements in the 1960s.

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Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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