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Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes (Frank Stella's Moby Dick Series)

Wallace, Robert K.

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ISBN 10: 0472109014 / ISBN 13: 9780472109012
Published by University of Michigan Press
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0472109014 INSCRIBED by author: To Joan with all best wishes Bob Wallace 9/15/02. First edition. Dust jacket lightly soiled, worn and rubbed. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1006226

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Title: Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes (...

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Binding: Hardcover

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One of the world's leading painters and printmakers, the artist Frank Stella spent over a decade creating a huge series of works linked with Herman Melville's classic novel Moby-Dick. The completed series consists of more than 135 pieces: large metal reliefs, prints, a major sculpture, a large mural, and other items. Each work relates to one chapter of Moby-Dick, and 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 Series 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.
Items from the Moby-Dick series have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Japan, but never before has there been a way to view them as a whole. Frank Stella's Moby-Dick Series provides the definitive documentation of this artistic achievement. Accompanied by more than 200 illustrations, Robert Wallace's text includes a chronology and a catalog of the artwork, as well as a list of exhibitions.
Robert K. Wallace is Regents Professor of English/American Literature, Northern Kentucky University.

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Frank Stella's Moby-Dick corresponds with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Melville's novel. Vibrantly colored metal sculptures, reliefs, and prints make up Stella's series, which includes one or more pieces for each of the novel's 135 chapters. Stella does not illustrate the novel, however, nor does he provide specific critique or analysis. Instead, this series, which moves between the figurative and the abstract, takes the novel as inspiration or a starting point from which Stella worked intuitively. Because these works are installed in locations throughout the world and are sometimes enormous, this catalog offers the first opportunity to see the work in its entirety. Wallace (literature and language, Northen Kentucky Univ.; Melville and Turner) provides a lengthy analysis of Stella's work, drawing fascinating correlations between the art and the novel and between Stella and Melville. Both publications are recommended for specialized collections. D'Arcy Curwen, Philadelphia
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