Angriff, 1971Frank Stella

Angriff, 1971

Screenprint in black and grey, on Fabriano wove
Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 150
From Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness
Printed by Styria Studio, New York
Published by the Center for Constitutional Rights, New York
Image: 26.7 × 26.7 cm (10.5 × 10.5 in)
Sheet: 45.7 × 61 cm (18 × 24 in)

Threaded through the series of black and white images and titles that relate to the configuration of 'Angriff' is a political iconography of persecution, made trenchant here and the related lithograph by the ironic title Angriff. Der Angriff (the word means 'attack' in German) was a Nazi newspaper founded by Joseph Goebbels in 1927 and used as one of his principal propaganda organs. The lithographic version of 'Angriff' that predates this edition- was adapted as a screenprint in support of the Chicago Eight, a clear demonstration of the artist's association of the image with unsettling political events.

This work was included in the portfolio 'Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness' which was published in 1971-72 to raise a defence fund for the political activists who were tried for conspiracy because of their involvement in the antiwar demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Richard H. Axsom, Frank Stella Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné (Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2016), 116-7