Frank Stella's Blues
Friday, July 22, 2011
Frank Stella has had a long and varied career. He made his name in the 1950s with a series of all-black paintings, when that kind of thing was audacious; moved on to boldly colored striped canvasses by the 1960s; and in more recent decades, he’s used aluminum to make super-colorful, twisty, sci-fi-looking sculptures.
This summer the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. is showing a group of those works: Stella’s K. series. They take their name from music: Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, each of which has a K number assigned to it — from K.1 to K.555.
Turns out Stella has had a love-hate relationship with music his whole career. Then again, WNYC's Sara Fishko thinks it might be better described as a hate-love relationship.
Hear the Scarlatti compositions that inspired Stella's K. Series:
With thanks to Fishko Files Assistant Producer Laura Mayer.
Yancey SpecialArtist: Jimmy YanceyAlbum: Jimmy Yancey Vol. 3 1943 - 1950Label: Document Records
Die MoldauComposer: Bedrich SmetanaArtist: Vienna Philharmonic
James Levine, conductor
Line UpArtist: Lennie TristanoAlbum: The New TristanoLabel: Atlantic/Wea
Turkish MamboArtist: Lennie TristanoAlbum: The New TristanoLabel: Atlantic/Wea
Coming on the HudsonArtist: Thelonious MonkAlbum: Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot CaféLabel: Ojc
Hyena StompArtist: Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot PeppersAlbum: Birth of the Hot: Red Hot Pepper Sessions (1926-1927)Label: RCA
Air pour les esclaves AfricainsComposer: Jean-Philippe RameauArtist: RameauAlbum: Les Indes Galantes / Les Arts Florissants, ChristieLabel: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
K. 17 In F Major - PrestoArtist: Domenico ScarlattiAlbum: Scarlatti Sonatas