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Hiraqla Variation III, 1969

Frank Stella

American, 1936–
Fluorescent acrylic on oval canvas
120 x 240 x 3-1/16 in. (304.8 x 609.6 x 7.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
© 2014 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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In 1967, Stella began working on his famed "Protractor Series," in which thirty-one canvas formats are realized in three different designs: interlaces, rainbows, and fans. "Hiraqla Variation III" is an example of the fan design. Here, semi-circles are filled with rhythmic wedges of color. To balance the decorative patterns created in these paintings, Stella used a wide and graduated range of colors, many of which he mixed himself. Stella named the paintings in this series after ancient circular Islamic cities and the gateways that surrounded them.

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