Museum Folkwang
Tomlinson Court Park I
  • Frank Stella
  • Tomlinson Court Park I, 1959

  • Matt black enamel paint on canvas
  • 220 x 280 cm
  • Acquired in 1973 with support of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 394
  • Commentary›Tomlinson Court Park I‹ belongs to a 21 part series of black stripe paintings which made Frank Stella known and a decisive critic of the abstract expressionism of a Jackson Pollock or Franz Kline. In contrast to their gesticulative, spontaneous painting, Stella created totally unspontaneous, systematically developed compositions of stripes of uniform size and color. In order to emphasize the mechanical in the form and creation of the image in the act of painting, Stella used a matt-glossy black house paint which he applied in regular stripes. With this regular application of paint and thematic pictorial form, the expression and meaning of the painting seem extremely reduced, corresponding to Stella’s theoretical starting point: »What you see is what you see«. Symmetry and uniformity create a feeling of standstill and absurdity with continued repetition. The impenetrable and dull black strengthens the impression of senselessness and mindlessness, reinforced by the title. All the paintings of the series are named after run down housing complexes in districts of New York. Tomlinson Court Park lies in Brooklyn.
  • Provenance1973, Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
  • Obj_Id: 3,538
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Tomlinson Court Park I
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  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Tomlinson Court Park I Tomlinson Court Park I Tomlinson Court Park I
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1959
  • Jahr von: 1,959
  • Jahr bis: 1,959
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 394
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0394
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 220 x 280 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Matt black enamel paint on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Matt black enamel paint on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1973 with support of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: Sammlung 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Neubau
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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›Tomlinson Court Park I‹ belongs to a 21 part series of black stripe paintings which made Frank Stella known and a decisive critic of the abstract expressionism of a Jackson Pollock or Franz Kline. In contrast to their gesticulative, spontaneous painting, Stella created totally unspontaneous, systematically developed compositions of stripes of uniform size and color. In order to emphasize the mechanical in the form and creation of the image in the act of painting, Stella used a matt-glossy black house paint which he applied in regular stripes. With this regular application of paint and thematic pictorial form, the expression and meaning of the painting seem extremely reduced, corresponding to Stella’s theoretical starting point: »What you see is what you see«. Symmetry and uniformity create a feeling of standstill and absurdity with continued repetition. The impenetrable and dull black strengthens the impression of senselessness and mindlessness, reinforced by the title. All the paintings of the series are named after run down housing complexes in districts of New York. Tomlinson Court Park lies in Brooklyn.