Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7–8pm EDT
Art historian Alexander Nemerov will share stories from his new book, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, illuminating the rich intellectual and creative life of the postwar New York City that launched Helen Frankenthaler’s singular career and fueled its flourishing. From Frankenthaler’s privileged Upper East Side upbringing to her life-altering first encounter with the work of Jackson Pollock to her efforts to chart her own course in a male-dominated art world, Nemerov explores how Frankenthaler came of age as an artist. Celebrating the art itself, he brings fresh insights into the luminous, color-stained, commanding works that made Frankenthaler a pioneer of twentieth-century painting.To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.92y.org.
Helen Frankenthaler, Before the Caves, 1958, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Sibila Savage
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6pm EDT
Join Politics and Prose Bookstore for a conversation between art historian Alexander Nemerov and Dr. Lise Motherwell, a licensed psychologist, stepdaughter of Helen Frankenthaler, and the vice president of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation board. The pair will discuss Nemerov’s new book, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, which illuminates the rich intellectual and creative life of postwar New York City, where Frankenthaler’s singular career was launched and which fueled its flourishing. To attend the online event, register at www.eventbrite.com.
Helen Frankenthaler, Eden, 1956, collection Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Nemerov and Clifford Ross on Helen Frankenthaler
Friday, August 23, 2019, 6–8pm
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
Art historian Alexander Nemerov, who is currently working on a new book about Helen Frankenthaler, will speak with Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The pair will discuss Nemerov’s forthcoming publication as well as the exhibition currently on view at the Parrish Art Museum, Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown. To attend the event, purchase tickets at parrishart.org.
Helen Frankenthaler, Summer Picture, 1959, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Pyle
on Helen Frankenthaler
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 4pm EDT
On the occasion of Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, exhibition curator Douglas Dreishpoon, director of the Helen Frankenthaler catalogue raisonné, will discuss the works on view. Frankenthaler’s invention of the soak-stain technique expanded abstract painting’s possibilities while referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. During the 1990s, as her practice continued to evolve through the use of diverse media and processes, she naturally transitioned from tackling canvases on the floor to using larger sheets of paper laid out on the floor or on tabletops for easier accessibility. To attend the online event, register at uncg.zoom.us.
Taryn Simon and Teju Cole
This spring, as part of the Lambert Family Lecture Series at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Taryn Simon joined Teju Cole for an online conversation about her artistic practice and creative process.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021
The Summer 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Carrie Mae Weems’s The Louvre (2006) on its cover.
Notes on Social Works
Antwaun Sargent presents a collection of thoughts and images, gathered from conversations with artists, curators, architects, and educators, as well as essays, social media, and the news, that inform the exhibition Social Works. The essay serves as an introduction to the corresponding supplement guest edited by Sargent for the Summer 2021 issue of the Quarterly.
Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps
Paul Goldberger traces the history of the fish form throughout Frank Gehry’s career.
Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss
In Taryn Simon’s performance work An Occupation of Loss (2016), professional mourners enact rituals of grief, simultaneously broadcasting their lamentations from within a sculptural installation. This video by filmmaker Boris B. Bertram documents the April 2018 performance of this work with Artangel in Islington, London.
Helen Frankenthaler: A Painter’s Sculptures
On the occasion of four exhibitions in London exploring different aspects of Helen Frankenthaler’s work, Lauren Mahony introduces texts by the sculptor Anthony Caro and by the artist herself on her relatively unfamiliar first body of sculpture, made in the summer of 1972 in Caro’s London studio.
Adriana Varejão: For a Poetics of Difference
Curator Luisa Duarte considers the artist’s oeuvre, writing on Varejão’s active engagement with theories of difference, as well as the cultural specters of the past.
Fashion and Art: Proenza Schouler
Derek Blasberg speaks with Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the designers behind the New York fashion brand Proenza Schouler, about their influences and collaborations, from Mark Rothko to Harmony Korine.
David Frankel celebrates the art-historical contributions made by the scholar, poet, and critic Thomas McEvilley.
Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles
Ariella Wolens explores the patron’s role in fostering the legendary art world of early twentieth-century France.
To Create a Vision: Jia Aili in Conversation with Philip Tinari
Jia Aili speaks with curator Philip Tinari about his arts education, his working process, and his desire to expand the talking points around painting.
Building a Legacy
Famously Unknown: Legacy Building in the Art World
In this video, Raymond Foye and Rani Singh discuss the general principles and methodologies of archiving, editing, and presenting the work of overlooked artists and writers. They share firsthand accounts and learning experiences from working with artists and poets such as Jordan Belson, Gregory Corso, Rene Ricard, and Harry Smith.