Image: Diepholz
(Malden, Massachusetts, 1936 - )

Diepholz , 1981

Enamel, acrylic, oil and metal flakes on aluminum
114 in. x 128 in. x 28 in. (289.56 cm x 325.12 cm x 71.12 cm)
Purchased, by exchange, with funds from the John Lyon Collyer Fund and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation
side view, detail
This work is part of a large series of paintings and prints that Frank Stella named after international circuits for auto races—Diepholz is a German track. While the painting’s frenetic energy may parallel the drama of race-car driving, it is not a depiction of a particular place or event. Its snaking curves derive instead from art tools—ornate drafting templates such as French curves and ship curves used in nautical design. A structure of lightweight but strong honeycomb aluminum allowed Stella to build the painting so that it projects off the wall into the gallery, challenging traditional distinctions between painting and sculpture.  
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