HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)
13 Color Screen Print
Edition of 150, 58/150
41 x 53 inches
American artist Helen Frankenthaler is considered a second-generation abstract expressionist. In 1950 she encountered the influential art critic Clement Greenberg, through whom she met the major figures in New York’s avant-garde art world. Inspired by an exhibition of paintings by Jackson Pollock, Frankenthaler began experiments that culminated in her stain paintings: large-scale abstractions with thin washes of pigment, reminiscent of watercolors. This technique inspired the color field painters and earned impressive reviews for Frankenthaler from 1953 on. For many years Frankenthaler executed canvases that seem nonrepresentational, but which are actually based on real or imaginary landscapes. In addition to her two-dimensional work, Frankenthaler produced wielded steel sculptures; she has also explored ceramics, prints, and illustrated books, and in 1985 she designed the sets and costumes for a production by England’s royal ballet. She has taught at New York University, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale and has had numerous one-woman exhibitions of her work, including important retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 and New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1989.