By Brian Kennedy, current director of the Toledo Museum of Art; Director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2005-10
Although based on simple geometries, the "Irregular Polygons" (1965-66) comprise one of the most complex artistic statements of Frank Stella's career. Each of the eleven compositions combines varying numbers of shapes to create daringly irregular outlines. Stella made four versions of each composition, altering the color combinations. They mark a radical shift from his earlier striped works in their use of large fields of color. The asymmetric canvases play with illusion, confronting Stella's previous emphasis on flatness while anticipating his career-long exploration of space and volume in both painting and sculpture.
The exhibition Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons will be on view at the Toledo Museum of Art April 8 - July 24, 2011.