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Frank Stella at The New Whitney

The Whitney is one of many museums included with the New York Pass. I never have enough time in NYC and hate spending it in a queue. The New York Pass fast tracks your sight-seeing by skipping the line.

Just 26 at the time of his second Castelli show in 1962, Frank Stella’s striped and shaped paintings were a revelation in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism. Eight years later, The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of Stella’s work, making him the youngest artist ever to receive this honor.

Now 79, Frank Stella’s current retrospective at The Whitney is the most comprehensive presentation of his career to date, showcasing his prolific output. From the irreverent Benjamin Moore series of the late fifties to the Protractor series, painted in the palette of the sixties, to recent sculpture from 2014,  this show lives up to the hype. Jointly curated by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney, with input from Frank Stella, the show moves to Texas after its Whitney debut.

Harran ii Frank Stella 1967
Harran ii Frank Stella 1967

The exhibition fills the entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Whitney’s largest space for temporary exhibitions. The exhibition is not hung in a simple chronology.  Artwork created 20 years apart are shown in close proximity, creating juxtapositions of color, form and process, revealing Stella’s creative evolution as an artist.

Frank Stella on making art:

The one thing I learned is not to say anything about my own paintings. You just have to make your own art, and whatever categories it falls into will come later.

Black Star Frank Stella 2014
Black Star Frank Stella 2014

Designed by Renzo Piano, the impressive nine-storey Whitney at 99 Gansevoort Street in the Chelsea Meatpacking district, opened in May 2015. Walk the High Line towards Chelsea and exit at the southern tip.  The Whitney’s former New York home, the Marcel Breuer designed building on Madison, will be leased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Don’t miss Frank Stella: A Retrospective, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, now in its final month until 7 February 2016

Detroit Art Walk

Detroit is a re-emerging city (a Whole Foods in Midtown!) with a vibrant art scene. Be sure and check out the art museums below:

1. Detroit Institute of Arts: Most famous for the 27 murals by Diego Rivera, the museum has 60,000 other pieces spanning all time periods and locales from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary America. Plan to spend a day here – Cafe DIA makes a great lunch stop.

2.  Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit:  Just down the street, set up in an abandoned industrial-sized garage is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Check first for exhibition opening times.

3. DAM: Walk across Woodward Avenue to The Detroit Artist’s Market, a non-profit gallery for contemporary art, showing and selling works by emerging and established Detroit and Michigan artists. Try to time your visit to coincide with their garden art parties.

4. The Heidelberg Project:  Cruise the streets of this former down and out area 15 minutes from downtown where abandoned houses have been converted into America’s largest urban folk art project.

5. The Motown Museum: Founded in 1985 by the recently deceased Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown attracts thousands of visitors from around the globe. The highly entertaining guided tour of photos, records, artworks and other Hitsville USA artifacts is mandatory and included in the price of admission. Be prepared to perform either a Four Tops or Supremes single with your tour group in the famous studio before you leave.

6. Comerica Park: In the evening, take in a Detroit Tiger’s game. Even if you’re not a fan, the over-sized sculptures and baseball Ferris wheel are worth a visit.

7. The Henry Ford Museum: If you’re interested in cars, check out Henry Ford’s impressive collection with a representative of almost every vehicle ever made from presidential rides to rare racing cars.