Title of Work
Date of Work
Lithograph and screen print
20 1/2" (framed)
25 1/2" (framed)
Published by The Committee to Endow a Chair in Honor of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996) at Columbia University.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Frank Stella has played an important role in the history of painting. Over the years, Stella’s work has evolved through several significant stylistic changes. Tetuan III, like many other works by Stella from the 1960s and early 1970s, was intended to immerse the viewer into pure visual sensations—perhaps more related to its structure than to its color. Art critic Clement Greenburg referred to Stella’s style from this period as “post-painterly abstraction” and included Stella and 30 other artists in an exhibition (of the same title) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1964.
This artwork is from a portfolio of original prints published in recognition of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996), a distinguished art historian who was very much appreciated by major contemporary artists of his day.
In 1974, a committee was formed to establish a Chair in Art History at Columbia University in Schapiro's honor. The portfolio, published in an edition of 100, was produced to raise funds to support the Chair. UND’s set of portfolio prints are numbered 71/100.
By placing alternating stripes of split-complementaries (red and blue) in close proximity to each other, Stella's work induces a color vibration, which is characteristic of Op Art. Critic Clement Greenburg, however, described Stella's style from this period as "post-painterly abstraction".
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