Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Mission - Foundation


Frankenthaler working in her studio,

East 83rd Street and Third Avenue, New York, 1969

Photograph by Ernst Haas / Getty Images

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime (1928-2011), became active in 2013, on the closing of Frankenthaler’s estate. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. It supports the artist’s legacy through a variety of initiatives, including exhibitions, loans of artworks, research and publications, conservation, grants, educational programs for the public and the scholarly community, and the publishing of a catalogue raisonné. As the principal beneficiary of Frankenthaler’s estate, its holdings include an extensive selection of her work in a variety of mediums, her collection of works by other artists, and original papers and materials pertaining to her life and work.