Painting: Minimal Cartwheels

When Frank Stella's first canvases, consisting of black pin-stripe squares inside of squares, were shown at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art in 1960, local papers reacted in horror. "Unspeakably boring!" snapped Herald Tribune Critic Emily Genauer. A less determined man might have gone into life insurance—but Stella painted on. His latest canvases, on view at the Castelli Gallery, are newly brilliant with a rainbow of Day-Glo colors, but they are as elemental in concept as ever (see color opposite). What has changed is that instead of being banned for boredom, Stella at...

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