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Modern Art Monday Presents: Frank Stella, Hiraqla Variation III

Hiraqla Variation III
Photo By Gail

Stella’s title, Hiraqla Variation III (1969) refers to Hiraqla, an archeological site in present-day Iraq that contains a half-built circular structure probably constructed around 800 CE. Thus, the circular canvas, brilliant coloring and geometric patterning reference complex domes and intricate tile work of Islamic architecture.

Photographed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, while on loan from the Norton Simon Museum.