Towering artist Frank Stella dies at 87 years old

He had been battling lymphoma, according to his wife Harriet McGurk.

Published: May 4, 2024 6:17pm

Updated: May 4, 2024 7:30pm

Frank Stella, who The New York Times called "a towering artist and master of reinvention," died at 87 years old on Saturday. 

While he was well-known for his monochromatic paintings, the Times added that he "moved American art away from Abstract Expressionism toward cool minimalism." 

From 1986 to 1997, Stella produced over 100 different works such as paintings and sculptures that were named for the chapters of Herman Melville’s book, “Moby-Dick," according to The Washington Post.

Four of his paintings were included in a Museum of Modern Art show in 1959.

He passed away at his home in Manhattan, New York. He had been battling lymphoma, according to his wife Harriet McGurk. Stella is survived by his five children and wife. 

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