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Coney Island

Artist:
Joseph Stella (American (born Italy) Muro Lucano 1877–1946 New York, New York)
Date:
1914
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Diameter: 41-3/4 in. (106 cm.)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.69
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 910
A kaleidoscope of dazzling color and fragmented form, Stella’s abstract painting evokes the electric lights and energetic crowds of Brooklyn’s Coney Island amusement park and boardwalk. Celebrating the intoxicating and sometimes disorienting dynamism of modern life, Coney Island reveals the painter’s knowledge of Italian Futurism, which Stella was exposed to during a trip to Italy and France in 1910–11. The composition’s circular, or tondo, format links it to Renaissance depictions of holy subjects.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Jos.Stella
[Forum Gallery, New York, until 1963; sold to MMA]

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Joseph Stella," October 23–December 4, 1963, no. 9 (as "Madonna of Coney Island," ca. 1917–18).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 16–November 1, 1970, unnumbered cat. (p.115).

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," November 30, 1970–January 10, 1971, no. 84.

Saint Louis, Mo. City Art Museum. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," January 28–March 7, 1971, no. 84.

Seattle Art Museum. "Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums," March 25–May 9, 1971, no. 84.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," January 24–March 26, 1978, unnumbered cat. (pl. 155).

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," April 20–June 18, 1978, unnumbered cat.

Des Moines Art Center. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," July 6–September 3, 1978, unnumbered cat.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," September 22–November 19, 1978, unnumbered cat.

Syracuse, N. Y. Everson Museum of Art. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," December 15, 1978–January 28, 1979, unnumbered cat.

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Synchronism and American Color Abstraction, 1910–1925," February 15–March 24, 1979, unnumbered cat.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Joseph Stella," April 22–October 9, 1994, unnumbered cat. (fig. 62; as "Coney Island [Madonna of Coney Island]").

Paris. Centre Pompidou, Galerie I. "Dreamlands: Des parcs d'attractions aux cités du futur," May 5–August 9, 2010, unnumbered cat. (p. 61; as "View of Coney Island").

Robert M. Coates. "The Art Galleries: One-Note Man." New Yorker (November 23, 1963), p. 186.

Thomas N. Maytham. Great American Paintings from the Boston and Metropolitan Museums. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Seattle, 1970, pp. 18, 130, no. 84, ill. p. 132 (color), dates it about 1915.

Thomas M. Folds in Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. New York, [1970], p. 115, ill. (color), dates it about 1915.

Marshall B. Davidson. The American Heritage History of the Artists' America. New York, 1973, pp. 290–91, ill.

Thomas J. Ferraro. "'My Way' in 'Our America': Art, Ethnicity, Profession." American Literary History 12 (Autumn 2000), p. 504, calls it "Madonna of Coney Island".



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