The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present an exhibition of prints by Frank Stella beginning Saturday, June 16 through July 28.

The exhibit will feature works from the 1970s and 80s, including pieces from the series Exotic Birds, 1970; Polar Co-ordinates, 1980; Circuits, 1982; and The Waves, 1985-89.

Stella emerged onto the art scene in 1960 with his Black Paintings, which were showcased in a groundbreaking exhibition at the Leo Castelli gallery and Sixteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

It was in 1967 that Stella met master printer Ken Tyler at the renowned print atelier Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, who persuaded the artist to make his first print.

Stella and Tyler would then begin a lifelong collaboration and they have continued to make prints together for over 30 years.

In Stella’s Polar Co-ordinates Series he experimented more freely with combinations of shapes, colors, brushstrokes and printing techniques.

The Polar Co-ordinates Series, created with Tyler at Tyler Graphics, required numerous layers of lithography and screenprinting, displaying the growing complexity of Stella’s print work.

Stella’s mastery of the printmaking process continued to evolve in his late 1980s work, including the Circuit Series, 1982 and The Waves Series, 1985-89, a gallery spokesperson said.

Stella’s work can be found worldwide in the permanent collections of museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; and Thyseen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

Information, www.lesliesackscontemporary.com.

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