Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Exhibitions

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Helen Frankenthaler, Snow Pines, 2004, thirty-four color woodcut from sixteen woodblocks on handmade paper. © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Spoleto Festival Foundation, New York

our color woodcut

from sixteen woodblocks

on handmade paper

Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

October 6 - December 10, 2017

The exhibition was organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and highlights Frankenthaler’s powerfully evocative print production.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Milkwood Arcade, 1963, acrylic on canvas, 86 1/2 x 80 3/4 inches (219 x 203 cm). © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

As In Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings

The Clark Art Institute, MA

July 1 - October 9, 2017

This exhibition comprises a selection of large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, focusing on nature as a longstanding inspiration and including the full range of styles and techniques that she explored over five decades of work.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Freefall, 1993, hand-dyed paper in 15 colors and 12 color woodcut from 1 plate of 21 woodblocks, 78 1/2 x 60 1/2 inches (199.4 x 153.7 cm). © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. 

No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts

The Clark Art Institute, MA

July 1 - September 24, 2017

Throughout her career, Frankenthaler worked with a variety of print publishers to push the medium in new directions. No Rules features work executed over four decades and examines her inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut.

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Helen Frankenthaler, The Red Sea, 1959, oil and charcoal on sized, primed canvas with painted wood frame, 69 5/8 × 68 1/2 inches (176.8 × 174 cm). © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Helen Frankenthaler: After Abstract Expressionism, 1959– 1962

Gagosian Gallery, Paris

June 9 - September 16, 2017

The first major exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Paris in more than fifty years, it includes paintings and works on paper, several of which have not been exhibited since the early 1960s.

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Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011)
Spoleto, 1972, silkscreen.
© 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Spoleto Festival Foundation, New York

Fluid Expressions: The Prints of Helen Frankenthaler

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, TX

March 18 - September 10, 2017

Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, this exhibition includes more than 25 prints made from a diverse range of techniques, including lithographs, etchings, aquatints, screen prints, and woodcuts.

 

Travels to: 

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

October 6 - December 10, 2017 

 

 

 

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Trojan Gates, 1955, oil and enamel on canvas, 6' x 48 7/8" (182.9 x 124.1 cm). © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction

The Museum of Modern Art, NY

April 15 - August 13, 2017

Making Space shines a spotlight on the stunning achievements of women artists between the end of World War II (1945) and the start of the Feminist movement (around 1968). 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 2002, acrylic on paper 33 x 40 1/2 inches © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Matisse and American Art

The Montclair Art Museum, NJ

February 4 - June 18, 2017

This is the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Europa, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 54 1/2 x 2 inches (177.8 x 138.43 x 5.08 cm) © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Abstract Expressionism

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

February 3 - June 4, 2017

Originated: Royal Academy of Arts

September 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Western Dream, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 86 inches (177.8 x 218.4 cm) © 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Palm Springs Art Museum, CA

February 18 - May 28, 2017

Organized by the Denver Art Museum, this important project brings together approximately 50 major works of art by twelve of the key women involved with the movement on both the East and West Coasts.

 

Traveled to:
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2016 - January 22, 2017

 

Originated:

Denver Art Museum, CO
June 12 - September 25, 2016

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Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel, 1961, oil on canvas, 100 x 94 inches (254 x 239 cm). © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Hartung and Lyrical Painters

Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Landerneau, France

December 11, 2016 - April 17, 2017

The exhibition positions the work of Hans Hartung with artists of the 1950's such as Georges Mathieu, Gérard Schneider, Hantaï, and international artists from subsequent decades, including Helen Frankenthaler.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Lorelei, 1957, oil on untreated cotton duck, Frame: 75 x 91 7/8 x 2 1/2 in. (190.5 x 233.4 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Allan D. Emil, 58.39 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Postwar: Art between Pacific and Atlantic, 1945-1965

Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany

October 14, 2016 - March 26, 2017

For the first time in recent museum history, this exhibition examines the turbulent and eventful postwar period as a global phenomenon.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Europa, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 54 1/2 x 2 inches (177.8 x 138.43 x 5.08 cm) © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Abstract Expressionism

Royal Academy of Arts

September 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017

This long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

 

Traveling to:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
February 03, 2017 – June 04, 2017

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Helen Frankenthaler, Grey Fireworks, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 72 × 118 1/2 inches (182.9 × 301 cm) © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Line Into Color, Color Into Line: Helen Frankenthaler, Paintings, 1962–1987

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

September 16 - October 29, 2016

The exhibition comprises eighteen canvases by Frankenthaler from a twenty-five year time span, selected to reveal how the renowned abstract painter articulated the relationship between drawing and color during this period.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Chalk Separates, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 105 1/16 x 82 1/16 inches (266.8 x 208.5 cm). Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift in memory of Alfred W. Rogers, 1979. © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

A New Look: 1960s and ’70s Abstract Painting at the AGO

Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada

December 19, 2015 - March 17, 2016

American and Canadian artists of the 1960s and '70s changed the feel and appearance of abstract painting. They soaked pigment directly into the canvas, which enabled them to move beyond the thickly painted and dramatically brushed work of the previous generation. What resulted are two kinds of pictures: some with flowing, liquid colours and others with crisp, linear designs. Both types of painting are big and flat, and they seem to expand and contract optically with their active, vibrating surfaces.

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Helen Frankenthaler, East and Beyond, 1973, eight-color woodblock print on buff laminated Nepalese handmade paper Sheet: 31 3/4 × 21 in. (80.6 × 53.3 cm.) Image: 23 1/2 × 18 in. (59.7 × 45.7 cm.) Collection: Des Moines Art Center. © 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York.

East and Beyond: Helen Frankenthaler and Her Contemporaries

Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

September 29, 2015 - January 17, 2016

In celebration of the acquisition of Helen Frankenthaler's breakthrough color woodblock print, East and Beyond, 1973, the Art Center presents an exhibition contextualizing Frankenthaler's print.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Hommage à M. L., 1962, oil on canvas, 61 3/4 x 82 7/8 in. © 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

February 11 - June 7, 2015

Curated by Katy Siegel, Pretty Raw took the work of the artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) as the point of departure for an alternative version of modernist art over the past 50 years, a story usually written as a series of male masters. In this new history, decoration, humor, femininity and masculinity, the everyday, sensual pleasure, artifice and illusion, and authorial control took center stage, as artists from the 1950s through the present explore the personal, social, and political meanings of sheer, gorgeous materiality.

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Helen Frankenthaler, 21st Street Studio, 1950, oil on linen, 24 x 22 in. © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In the Studio: Picturing the Artist’s Workplace: Early Variations; Modern Themes

Gagosian Gallery (21st Street), New York, NY
February 17 - April 18, 2015

Curated by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, “In the Studio: Paintings,” exhibited at 522 West 21st Street, spanned from the mid-sixteenth through the late twentieth centuries and included over 50 paintings and works on paper by nearly 40 artists.

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Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler, Europa, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 54 1/2 in.

The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

January 13 - March 14, 2015

New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940 - 1970 was the Metropolitan Museum's most exciting exhibition to date under the auspices of director Thomas Hoving, who turned Henry Geldzahler loose to price the art world to alertness.  Curated by Stewart Waltzer, this comprehensive group show reprised Geldzahler's seminal exhibition...

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Giving Up One’s Mark. Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s. Exhibition catalogue with essay by Douglas Dreishpoon. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2014.

Giving Up One’s Mark, Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

November 9, 2014 - February 15, 2015

Organized by Chief Curator Emeritus Douglas Dreishpoon, this twenty-year survey explored how Frankenthaler’s notion of abstraction expanded during the decades, the extent to which landscape persisted as subject matter in her works, how subtle changes of techniques affected the way her images were conceived, and how drawing continued to inform the creative process.

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Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color: Paintings 1962-1963. Exhibition catalogue with essay by Elizabeth A. T. Smith. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2014.

Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color: Paintings 1962–1963

Gagosian Gallery (Madison Avenue), New York, NY

September 11 - October 18, 2014

The exhibition focused on a brief but critical period in Frankenthaler's career during 1962–63, when she “composed with color” rather than with line, resulting in the freer compositions that came to exemplify her long and prolific career. Transitioning from the sparer, more graphic works of 1960–61, Frankenthaler made paintings that more readily filled the space of the canvas, moving toward what critic B. H. Friedman described as the “total color image” that would become a hallmark of her later work.

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Helen Frankenthaler with David Smith at Frankenthaler’s West End Avenue apartment, 1956 in front of Helen Frankenthaler’s Mountains and Sea, 1952. Oil and charcoal on unsized, unprimed canvas, 86 3⁄8 × 117 1⁄4 in. © 2014 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo by Burt Glinn, courtesy Magnum Photos

Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith

Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NY

June 6 – August 8, 2014

Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith celebrated the close friendship between two major American artists of the 20th century: Helen Frankenthaler (1925-2011) and David Smith (1906-1965).  The exhibition will featured ten works by Frankenthaler – one painting and nine works on paper – alongside three sculptures by Smith. 

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Installation view, left to right:

For E.M., 1981
Burnt Norton, 1972
Eastern Light, 1982

 

Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner

Turner Contemporary, Margate, U.K.

January 25 - May 11, 2014

Showcasing the work of the celebrated American Abstract Expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler, alongside paintings by JMW Turner from the nineteenth century, the exhibition included 24 paintings by Frankenthaler, whose last public gallery exhibition in the UK was at the Whitechapel in 1969.

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Painted on 21st Street. Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959. Exhibition catalogue with essays by John Elderfield, Frank O’Hara (originally published in An Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Frankenthaler, The Jewish Museum, 1960), and Carl Belz (originally published in Frankenthaler: The 1950s, Rose Art Museum, 1981). New York: Gagosian Gallery and Abrams, 2013.

Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959

Gagosian Gallery (21st Street), New York, NY

March 8 - April 13, 2013

Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959 was curated by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a consultant at Gagosian Gallery, who authored the principal monograph on Frankenthaler’s work in 1989.