Frank Stella on the Roof

Shanghai Metal Corporation

“Frank Stella on the Roof” atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art features two large sculptures, a mammoth piece titled “Chinese Pavilion” and two smaller sculptures. After 11 tense days of preparations, the exhibition, which runs through Oct. 28, opened Tuesday in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. A section of stainless steel tubing from the sculpture “adjoeman” (2004) is lowered slowly toward the northern end of the roof garden.

[02stella_slide2.jpg]Mr. Stella’s workers, who traveled from his studio in upstate New York, to assemble the artworks, worked on welding and bolting the looping pieces of “adjoeman,” fashioned from 3,100 pounds of stainless steel and carbon. Given that they helped the artist create it and had recently dismantled it for transport, they were familiar with every nook and cranny. The work’s title is translated as “showing off” or “decorative” in Balinese, the museum.

The 2,000-pound carbon-and-stainless-steel sculpture “memantra” (2005). According…

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