Stella Die Fahne hoch!


Black enamel on canvas

309 x 186 x 8 cm (121 5/8 x 73 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

A bright, very large canvas covered with black enamel and striped, Stella Die Fahne Hoch! reproduces an original work by Frank Stella, Die Fahne Hoch!, titled after the national hymn of Nazi Germany. It was one of the first minimalist artworks of its time.

Considered the instigator of Appropriationism, Sturtevant explicitly quotes the model and author, true to her modus operandi, and prefers to use the term ‘repetition’ rather than ‘copy’. Here, the artist appropriates a deliberately absurd and provocative image but also pays tribute to it. With this Duchamp-like gesture, she paves the way to an art history that exacerbates the ready-made in order to better overcome it.

Stella Die Fahne Hoch! was first shown by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition The Illusion of Light at Palazzo Grassi, in 2014.