Museum Folkwang
The Honor and Glory of Whaling (D-18 1X)
  • Frank Stella
  • The Honor and Glory of Whaling (D-18 1X), 1991

  • Mixed media on aluminium and magnesium
  • 247,7 x 247,7 x 90,8 cm
  • Acquired in 1991 with support of the Alfred und Cläre Pott-Stiftung
  • Inv. P 203
  • CommentaryFrank Stella is among those artists who, multifariously and with determination, furthered painting’s development into an object. In 1960 he introduced the term »Shaped Canvas« to describe those works whose surface configuration is identical with its compositional structure.
    This work was made in 1991 in the context of a series of metal reliefs, the themes of which were inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick. The severity of his earlier works gives way here to an interest in collage inspired by Pop-Art which recalls the compositions of synthetic Cubism. A delight in the decorative is noticeable here without any loss of the central theme of his art – the relation of image, object and space.
    The detailed narrative delight of the piece bundles fish-like forms, including tails, heads and teeth. Stella does without the illusion of depth. He uses flat forms, separate from one another, whose strong colors and sometimes conical contours create an optically charged confusion. The numerous overlapping forms awaken associations with the powerful movements of the animal and the water around it.
    The front edge forms a frame which seems to inflate like a sail from the force of the thrusting forms. This depiction is far from the drama of its literary model. The colors counteract the irony hinted at in the title: The whale hunt threatens above all to end in heroic failure.
  • Provenance1991, Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
  • Obj_Id: 8,424
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: The Honor and Glory of Whaling (D-18 1X)
  • Obj_Title2_S:
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): The Honor and Glory of Whaling (D-18 1X) The Honor and Glory of Whaling (D-18 1X) Ehre und Ruhm der Waljagd
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1991
  • Jahr von: 1,991
  • Jahr bis: 1,991
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 203
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0203
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Sculpture
  • Obj_Crate_S: 247,7 x 247,7 x 90,8 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Mixed media on aluminium and magnesium
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Mixed media on aluminium and magnesium
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1991 with support of the Alfred und Cläre Pott-Stiftung
  • 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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1991, Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf