Frank Stella | Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), 1970
A native of Malden, Massachusetts, Frank Stella is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker celebrated for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. His vast contribution to American art began in 1959 with his minimalist series, Black Paintings. Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I) originated in 1970, as part of Stella’s acclaimed Protractor series, and combines abstract geometric compositions to create a mystifying visual experience that shifts radically when viewed from different perspectives. Named after ancient sites in Asia Minor, Damascus Gate features squares and circles, intersected by what Stella calls ‘interlaces,’ ‘rainbows,’ and ‘fans.’
Stella’s reproduction of Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I) in Seaport can be experienced from diverse locations and perspectives across the neighborhood. The vibrant, colorful painting visually commemorates the neighborhood’s commitment to the arts and creates a cultural moment of new significance in Boston.