Helen Frankenthaler Foundation



Helen Frankenthaler
Break-Through, 1956
oil on sized, primed linen
36 x 42 in. (91.4 x 106.7 cm)

Art, Music & Feminism in the 1950s

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo, MI
January 21 – May 07, 2023

Featuring works from the museum's collection in addition to loans from public and private collections, Art, Music & Feminism in the 1950s brings together a diverse collection of works produced by women of the era. This group exhibition explores how these artists played a pivotal role in opening new pathways for women in subsequent decades. The Foundation’s loan of Frankenthaler’s painting Break-through is included.


Helen Frankenthaler

Grotto Azura, 1963

oil on paper

23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations

Museum Folkwang

Essen, Germany
December 2, 2022 — March 5, 2023

For the first time in more than 20 years in Germany, the Museum Folkwang is showcasing the powerful oeuvre of Helen Frankenthaler, known as a trailblazer for her role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field Painting. Focusing on Frankenthaler's works on paper, the exhibition was previously presented at the Kunshalle Krems in Austria.


Helen Frankenthaler

Deep Sun, 1983

twenty-two color etching, soft-ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, engraving and mezzotint

30 x 40 1/2 in. (76.2 x 102.87 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman: Without Limits

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Brunswick, ME
September 15, 2022 — March 12, 2023

This exhibition explores what can be learned by juxtaposing the work of two pioneering artists: Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman (b. 1931). Frankenthaler, the elder artist, is more closely identified with image-making, and Sandman, the younger, with process and conceptualism. This exhibition highlights 10 prints and 8 proofs by Frankenthaler that were gifted to the museum through the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative for university-affiliated museums.


View Opening Lecture


Helen Frankenthaler

Janus, 1990

acrylic on canvas

57 x 94 3/4 in. (144.8 x 240.7 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003

Artis–Naples, Baker Museum

Naples, FL
September 6 — February 5, 2023

During the 1990s, Frankenthaler naturally transitioned from tackling canvases on the floor to using larger sheets of paper laid out on the floor or tabletops for easier accessibility. The continuity between the late work and what came before is striking—the fruits of an intuitive journey graced by mood, imagination, and technical facility. This exhibition, organized by Douglas Dreishpoon, was previously presented at New Britain Museum of American Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. A publication documenting Frankenthaler’s late period, with essays by Dreishpoon and Suzanne Boorsch, and a roundtable conversation with Katharina Grosse, Pepe Karmel, and Mary Weatherford, has been recently published by Radius Books.


Helen Frankenthaler

Western Dream, 1957

oil on unsized, unprimed canvas

70 x 86 in. (177.8 x 218.4 cm)

Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY

The exhibition explores large-scale abstract painting, sculpture, and assemblage, from the 1940s to the twenty-first century, through works from The Met collection and special loans. The Foundation's loan of Western Dream, 1957, remains on view.



Helen Frankenthaler

Beach Scene, 1961

oil and crayon on canvas

122 1/8 x 93 5/8 in. (310.2 x 237.8 cm)

The Shape of Freedom

Munch Museum

Oslo, Norway
February 23, 2023 — May 21, 2023

The Shape of Freedom examines the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel in transatlantic exchange and dialogue, from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. It includes more than ninety works by around fifty artists, amongst them Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Georges Mathieu, Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne and Clyfford Still. This exhibition was previously presented at the Albertina Modern in Vienna and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany.


Helen Frankenthaler

Overture, 1992

acrylic on canvas

70 x 94 in. (177.8 x 238.8 cm)

L'île intérieure (The Inner Island)

Fondation Carmignac

Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Island
April 28 – November 4, 2023

With more than 80 works by 50 artists, this exhibition explores the idea of inner landscapes and interior worlds—a concept inspired by the island setting of the Villa Carmignac. The Foundation’s loan of Frankenthaler’s painting Overture will be included.

All artwork unless otherwise noted

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