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The Cover
January 11, 2006

New Madrid

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.295.2.135

When the 22-year-old American painter Frank Stella (1936-    ) arrived in New York City in the summer of 1958, the ink on his bachelor of arts degree in history from Princeton University was barely dry. A 1954 graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he was already aware of the intricate turnings of the maze that is called modern art through his studies with Andover's master abstractionist, Patrick Morgan. At Princeton, the twists and turns of modern painting became more compelling, and when he opened his first studio in New York City the summer of his graduation (a storefront, which was all he could afford), he was already an accomplished painter and well on the path to what would be called Minimalism. He had been a protégé of art professor William Seitz and had studied with Stephen Greene, Princeton artist-in-residence.

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