Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Helen Frankenthaler
Harvest II, 1975
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 69 in. (254 x 175.3 cm)

Tracing Lineage: Abstraction and its Aftermath

Bruce Museum

Greenwich, CT
November 18, 2023 – March 17, 2024

From its heyday in the 1940s and ’50s, abstract art gained momentum in the postwar United States and remains a touchstone for artists working today. Tracing Lineage: Abstraction and its Aftermath addresses key art-historical movements, including Abstract Expressionism and its various permutations—from Action Painting and Color Field to Minimalism and Postminimalism—while also showcasing work by contemporary artists whose investigations of color, form, and material elucidate the ongoing legacies of painterly abstraction.

Helen Frankenthaler
Shippan October, 1981
Acrylic on canvas
47 1/4 x 136 in. (120 x 345.4 cm)

Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930–1960

Bruce Museum

Greenwich, CT
September 23, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Connecticut Modern aims to highlight the state's role in the history of 20th century modernism as an important site of contemporary art making. The exhibition draws together many artists and collectors who lived and worked in Connecticut in the 1930s and 1940s. Helen Frankenthaler's Shippan October will be on loan from the Foundation.


Helen Frankenthaler

Bistre I, 1976

Acrylic on canvas

101″ H × 24 ½″ W

(256.54 x 62.23 cm)

Kikuo Saito and Friends: New York City Downtown and Beyond, 1970s and 1980s

KinoSaito Arts Center

Verplanck, New York
May 12 — December 17, 2023

This exhibition features artwork by Saito and the close circle of artists that he was associated with for over 20 years, including Helen Frankenthaler.  The Foundation's loan of Bistre I, painted during the period when Saito worked as a studio assistance for Frankenthaler, is included. 



Helen Frankenthaler

Vessel, 1961

Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas

100 x 94 in.

Tate. Presented by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

(Tate Americas Foundation), 2019.

Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Bielfeld, Germany
December 12, 2023 – March 3, 2024

This major exhibition of 130 paintings from an overlooked generation of 70 international women artists arrives at its third venue following the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, France. Reaching beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionist movement, this exhibition celebrates the practices of the numerous international women artists working with gestural abstraction in the aftermath of the Second World War.


Helen Frankenthaler

Mediterranean Thoughts, 1960

Oil on sized, primed canvas

101 x 93 1/2 in. (256.5 x 237.5 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler: Painting without Rules

Palazzo Strozzi

Florence, Italy
September 27, 2024 – February 2, 2025

The largest presentation of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Italy, this survey comprises 33 of Frankenthaler’s poetic abstractions in an examination of her artistic affinities, influences, and friendships. The exhibition interweaves paintings Frankenthaler created between 1953 and 2002 with select works by some of her contemporaries, including Anthony Caro, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Smith, and Anne Truitt.


In addition to significant loans from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as well as international museums and private collections, the presentation also features works by her peers that were part of the artist’s personal collection.


Co-organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the exhibition is curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Director, Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné. 





All artwork unless otherwise noted

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