Supersized art at MFAH
How Stella got his groove back
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has added another seminal work from a major American artist to its collection. Frank Stella's mural-sized Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation III), measuring 50 feet across and 10 feet tall, is the culmination of his much-hailed Protractor series, a tantalizing dip into the patterns and shapes of Islamic art with Stella's distinct use of bold color and proportion. The MFAH has a long history with Frank Stella, acquiring its first piece by the artist in 1973, and Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation III) now hangs in the Caroline Wiess Law building, in the same Mies van der Rohe galleries Stella filled with temporary murals in 1982 for the Stella by Starlight gala.