May 12, 1936 - Malden, Massachusetts
“What you see is what you see. It was supposed to be fairly straightforward.”
“When people ask me why I stopped making black paintings, it’s like asking Kodak why they stopped using film. You move on, the world moves on, it’s very hard to not go with the flow. You’d have to have a really good reason to resist.”
“Even if you do get the red carpet, do you have a tough time walking up or down it, do you trip over? Losing the body balance is tough because to all artists, it’s all about balance or equilibrium. When that’s threatened, it’s not that much fun.”
“I don’t like the word reinvent, you’re lucky enough to invent….It’s about what you make, what you learn from it and what it suggests. And move on.”
“People get excited about the high-end numbers, but almost all artists, even the really successful ones, are basically hand to mouth. If you’re self-supporting, no matter how successful you are it’s not easy.”
“You certainly wouldn’t become an artist to make money. You’d be deluded.”
In 1958, Frank Stella moved to New York and supported himself mainly by painting apartments. Recently one of his paintings sold at auction at Sotheby's for $13.7 million. It was painted in 1961 in Benjamin Moore house paint.
The sale of “Delaware Crossing” broke his previous auction record of $6.7 million, which was set in May 2014.
The painting was part of the sale of works owned by A. Alfred Taubman, Sotheby’s former chairman.