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Painting Printing Frankenthaler: The Process of Abstraction, Lecture by Carol Armstrong

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

June 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity, Carol Armstrong, professor of the history of art at Yale University, explores the artist’s accomplishments in prints with a lecture titled "Painting Printing Frankenthaler: The Process of Abstraction." 


Image: Weeping Crabapple, 2009

Thirty-one color woodcut from 18 woodblocks

25 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches (64.13 x 94.61 cm)

© 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS)


Helen Frankenthaler. Sea Change: A Decade of Paintings, 1974-1983

Gagosian Rome

May 14, 2019

Gagosian senior curator John Elderfield and director Jason Ysenburg will lead a tour of the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler: Sea Change: A Decade of Paintings, 1974–1983 at Gagosian, Rome.


Elderfield and Ysenburg will explore the important period in Frankenthaler’s work that began in the summer of 1974, which was sparked by the changing appearance of the wide vistas and moving tides of the Long Island Sound. The show coincides with an exhibition of her work at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale.


Artwork © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Helen Frankenthaler and David Smith: An Enduring Friendship

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

April 3, 2019

Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné and Michael Brenson, author of the forthcoming David Smith biography, discussed Frankenthaler and Smith’s special fifteen-year friendship, from 1950 to 1965.




Image: Helen Frankenthaler with David Smith at Frankenthaler’s West End Avenue apartment, 1956, in front of Mountains and Sea, 1952, oil and charcoal on unsized, unprimed canvas, 86 3⁄8 × 117 1⁄4 in. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos


Helen Frankenthaler In Her Time And Now, lecture by Elizabeth Smith

The Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.

February 6, 2019

The program will consider the work of Frankenthaler as a second-generation Abstract Expressionist and her pioneering role in the development of the Color Field school, with a special focus on the painting Hurricane Flag as a key example of Frankenthaler’s work of the late 1960s and in context of the artist’s six-decade career.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Hurricane Flag, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 119 x 105 1/2 inches. Collection The Kreeger Museum. Gift of the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.