10/13/2010 06:55 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Frank Stella's Irregular Polygons at the Hood Museum

WHO: Frank Stella

WHAT: Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons

WHEN: October 9, 2010 through March 13, 2011

WHERE: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755 USA


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, varying 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.