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Robert Hobbs is an art historian and curator specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first century art. His two extended essays on Frank Stella were first published by the Singapore Tyler Print Institute; they were revised for the London catalogue Frank Stella: Connections, published by Hatje Cantz. The talk will cover Stella’s artistic development and his place in art history by examining Stella’s works from the current Aldrich exhibition Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey and the Glass House’s collection.
Dr. Hobbs has written over fifty books and major catalogues on topics ranging from Edward Hopper to Abstract Expressionism, Earth Art, and Post-Modernism. He served as Associate Professor at Cornell University, long-time visiting professor at Yale University, and the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of American Art Emeritus, VCU.
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey spans the Sculpture Garden and galleries of The Aldrich tracing Stella’s singular use of the star, standing out as a stable and immediately identifiable shape in the midst of a complex tangle of abstract, invented forms that the artist has utilized over his long career. The historical arc of Stella’s use of the form travels from minimal (the early star paintings) to the maximal, with the recent star sculptures frequently exhibiting a corruption of the form as well as a diversity of materials and fabrication techniques. The exhibition is curated by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator.
The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting, sculpture, and design along with exhibitions, performances, and public programs.
Top image: Visitor with a Frank Stella sculpture.