Anderson Ranch to honor painter Frank Stella |

Anderson Ranch to honor painter Frank Stella

Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor Frank Stella with its 2015 National Artist Award. Stella will speak Thursday at the ranch.
Courtesy of the artist, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and Dominique Levy, New York and London |

Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor painter and printmaker Frank Stella with its National Artists award this summer.

The Snowmass Village nonprofit will give its Service to the Arts Award to art collectors and philanthropists Jennifer and David Stockman. Both awards will be given at the Ranch’s annual Recognition Dinner and gala, July 16, at the Hotel Jerome.

Stella, a leading figure in the American minimalist and abstract expressionist movements of the 1950s and ’60s, was the youngest artist ever to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which hosted surveys of his work in 1970 and 1987. More recently, his work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007) and Kunstmuseum in Germany (2012). This fall, his work will be among the first shows at the relocated Whitney Museum of American Art in downtown Manhattan.

“We are thrilled to honor Frank Stella, an enduring artist and icon who is actively influencing the art world today,” Anderson Ranch executive director Nancy Wilhelms said. “His career and contributions span over an incredible 50 years, and his work is as alive now as it has ever been. Our enthusiasm for Frank is only matched by our admiration for world-class collectors, Jennifer and David Stockman, whose sphere of influence in the art world and stalwart support for the advancement of art is truly remarkable.”

Hosted at the height of Aspen’s summer season, the Recognition Dinner brings together art-world luminaries and supporter. This year, specially selected contemporary artworks will be featured in the live auction, including a Liza Lou sculpture contributed by White Cube Gallery.

Tables and tickets are currently available at or by calling Anderson Ranch at 970-923-3181 x 227. Proceeds from the evening benefit Anderson Ranch educational programs.

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