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Madinat as-Salam III

Artist
Frank Stella, American, born 1936
Date
1971
Material
Acrylic on canvas
Associated with
Baghdad, Baghdad governorate, Iraq, Asia
Possibly made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 253
Dimensions
120 in. x 25 ft. (304.8 x 762 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Greenberg
Rights
© 2013 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object Number
250:1975
NOTES
The unusual shape of Madinat as-Salam III is composed of several joined and overlapping half circles. This complex work, from Frank Stella’s Protractor series, takes its name from the ancient Arabic name for Baghdad, translated as “City of Peace.” One of the largest in this series, this painting approaches the scale of architecture, yet through its shaped nature functions as a monumental relief against the wall. Its imposing size and unexpected format make the viewer aware of the painting as a physical object. Stella also reveals his interest in optical effects with a vibrant, kaleidoscopic palette of forty-nine distinct colors.
c.1971 -
Leo Castelli, New York, NY, representing the artist

- 1975
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Greenberg, St. Louis, MO, purchased from the Leo Castelli Gallery [1]

1975 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Greenberg, St. Louis, MO [2]

Notes:
[1] E-mail dated November 26, 2007 from Courtney E. Flynn of the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery to Robin Clark, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art [SLAM document files]. Flynn refers to a conversation with Ronald K. Greenberg in which he confirmed that after the work left the Leo Castelli Gallery it came into the possession of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Greenberg at an unknown date. According to Greenberg and Flynn, the work was then purchased from the Greenbergs by the Saint Louis Art Museum in 1975.

[2] See note [1]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 18, 1975.
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