VALENCIA.- American painter Frank Stella received
the Julio González Prize recognizing his work in the arts and his contributions
to Modern art. This is the ninth time that the award has been given out
and previous winners have been: Georg Baselitz, Cy Twombly, Eduardo Chillida,
Anish Kapoor, Markus Lüpertz, Robert Rauschenberg, Anthony Caro, Pierre Soulages
and Miquel Navarro. Frank Stella was born in Malden, Massachusetts. After
attending high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he went on
to Princeton University, where he painted, influenced by the abstract
expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, and majored in history. Early
visits to New York art galleries would prove to be an influence upon his
artistic development. Stella moved to New York in 1958 after his graduation.
He is one of the most well-regarded postwar American painters who still
works today. Frank Stella has reinvented himself in consecutive bodies of work
over the course of his five-decade career.