Remembering Frank Stella (1936-2024) in Los Angeles

Inaccessible Island Rail (Frank Stella, 1976. mixed media on aluminum 117 × 153 in.) 

image courtesy LACMA, Gift of the Grinstein Family  


When Stanley and Elyse Grinstein—great supporters of contemporary artists and collectors of art– acquired Incaccessible Island Rail, 5X5, Frank Stella’s flamboyant 1976 painted aluminum relief, no wall in their Los Angeles home was tall enough to display it. While Stella’s work went off on a five-year touring exhibition, Elyse, an architect, went to work designing an accommodating great room: expanding and transforming the 1926 house’s original terrazzo-floored sunroom with its canyon views, she created a splendid gallery-like space with a heightened ceiling and uninterrupted running walls that absolutely welcomed art.