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Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Receives $250,000 Gift From Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for New Named Studio

October 6, 2017

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading residencies for emerging visual artists, announced today that it has received a $250,000 gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The funds will provide for a new studio building to be constructed on its rural campus in central Maine.

 

Image: Helen Frankenthaler at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, June 1986. Photo by Barbara N. Lapcek

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No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 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.

 

Image: 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.

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As In Nature Helen Frankenthaler Paintings

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 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.

 

Image: 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.

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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 includes fourteen paintings and two works on paper, several of which have not been exhibited since the early 1960s.

 

Image: Helen Frankenthaler, The Red Sea, 1959. Oil and charcoal on sized, primed canvas with painted wood frame, 69 5/8 × 68 1/2 inches

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Douglas Dreishpoon Appointed Director of Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné

January 31, 2017

An art historian, curator, author, and educator, Mr. Dreishpoon will oversee the development and production of the catalogue raisonné of Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, works on paper, and mediums other than prints, which the Foundation intends to publish in both print and digital editions. He will additionally serve as Editor of the publication.

 

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American Academy in Rome announced major grant from Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to support its 2016-2017 Conversations / Conversazioni series.

September 9, 2016

The Foundation will serve as Season Sponsor of the ongoing program series, which highlights the current work of AAR Fellows and Residents in the arts and humanities, in the form of lectures, presentations, and performances.

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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation makes major grant to Yaddo, one of nation's oldest artist communities.

December 3, 2015

The grant will underwrite the cost of a visual arts studio—one of five new live-work studios at Yaddo—which will be named in Frankenthaler's honor.

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Helen Frankenthaler: A Symposium

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

October 23, 2015

The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU held a symposium exploring new perspectives on the work of artist Helen Frankenthaler. Co-organized by Robert Slifkin, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, IFA, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU, in partnership with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the program featured presentations by five leading scholars of postwar modern art.

 

VIDEO (Produced by the IFA/NYU)

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The Vienna State Opera opened the 2015-2016 season with its annual Safety Curtain exhibition project: Artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster Pays Homage to Helen Frankenthaler.

September 30, 2015

The project is titled Helen & Gordon (2015), based on the well-known photograph taken of Frankenthaler by Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks in 1957.

 

Image: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Helen & Gordon, 2015. Photo by Andreas Scheiblecker, courtesy of museum in progress (www.mip.at).

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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Smith participated in a panel discussion on artist-endowed foundations at The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

July 25, 2015

The Clark Art Institute and the Aspen Institute presented a panel discussion exploring the emerging role of artist-endowed foundations as a force in cultural philanthropy and in the stewardship of America’s artistic heritage. The panel discussion highlighted pioneering research by the Aspen Institute, published as National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, documenting the rise in private foundations created in the United States by visual artists. 

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Gagosian Gallery publishes "The heroine Paint": After Frankenthaler, a collection of essays exploring Frankenthaler's impact on contemporary art, edited by Katy Siegel

June 2015

Visual Chronology by Liz Hirsch; Texts by Daniel Belasco, Carroll Dunham, John Elderfield, Barbara Guest, Harmony Hammond, Liz Hirsch, Suzanne Hudson, Carrie Moyer, Laura Owens, Lane Relyea, Dwight Ripley, Sterling Ruby, Katy Siegel, Amy Sillman, Howard Singerman, Tracy K. Smith, and Mary Weatherford

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Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler

The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

February 11 - June 7, 2015

The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University presented Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, a groundbreaking exhibition that reconsidered the history of modern art and its renewed meaning for contemporary artists. 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.