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Abstract-art icon Frank Stella to visit NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

This weekend, nearly every room inside the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will be splashed with masterworks, all made by New York abstract-art champion Frank Stella.

Filling almost every gallery on both floors, the ambitious solo show “Experiment and Change” will capture Stella’s 60-year odyssey of vivid experimentation, from early geography-inspired and color-gradient paintings through his current wiry, lightweight sculptures. Stella rose through New York’s art circles in the late 1950s and often rejected the abstract works of his contemporaries. He infused his paintings with references to literature, music, zoology and architecture.

So why would Stella, who will attend the show’s opening reception Nov. 11, choose Fort Lauderdale to showcase his life’s work? The answer involves NSU Art Museum’s director, Bonnie Clearwater, Stella told the New York Times in an interview last week.

“When [Clearwater] approached me about this show, it was a no-brainer for me to say yes,” Stella said. “When I think about art in Fort Lauderdale, I also include Miami because they are so near each other and together, they are a lot more visible now in the arts world than they were several years ago.”

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, through July 8 (opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11, includes appearance by Stella)

Where: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Cost: $5-$12, $25 for reception

Contact: 954-525-5500 or NSUArtMuseum.org

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