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Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1988–2009 (Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books in conjunction with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, 2022)

Book Signing

Douglas Dreishpoon
Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1988–2009

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 5–7pm
Gagosian Shop, New York

Douglas Dreishpoon will sign copies of the book Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1988–2009 at the Gagosian Shop, New York, to celebrate its recent publication. The first title to explore the late period of Frankenthaler’s art and life, the book features a new essay by Dreishpoon, director of the Helen Frankenthaler catalogue raisonné project and chief curator emeritus at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, New York. It accompanies the first major exhibition of Frankenthaler’s late work, curated by Dreishpoon for the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, in 2021, and on view at the Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, through November 2022. Published by Radius Books in conjunction with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the volume will be available for purchase at the event.

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Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1988–2009 (Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books in conjunction with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, 2022)

Jonas Wood, Clipping Plate, 2021 © Jonas Wood

Fundraiser

Artist Plate Project 2021
Coalition for the Homeless

Launching November 16, 2021, 10am est

Limited-edition bone china plates produced by Prospect and featuring artwork by more than forty artists—including Virgil Abloh, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Ed Ruscha, Sarah Sze, Tom Wesselmann, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool—will be sold through Artware Editions to raise funds for the Coalition’s lifesaving programs. The funds raised by the sale of the plates will provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability. The purchase of one plate can feed one hundred homeless and hungry New Yorkers.

Jonas Wood, Clipping Plate, 2021 © Jonas Wood

Left: Katy Hessel. Photo: Luke Fullalove. Middle: Matthew Holman. Right: Eleanor Nairne. Photo: Max Colson

In Conversation

Katy Hessel, Matthew Holman, and Eleanor Nairne on Helen Frankenthaler

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 1pm edt (6pm bst)

Join Gagosian for an online conversation between broadcaster and art historian Katy Hessel; Matthew Holman, associate lecturer in English at University College London; and Eleanor Nairne, curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, about the exhibition Imagining Landscapes: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1976, on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, through September 18. The trio will discuss Frankenthaler’s early training, the development of her signature soak-stain technique and subsequent shifts in style, and her connections to the London art world. To join, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: Katy Hessel. Photo: Luke Fullalove. Middle: Matthew Holman. Right: Eleanor Nairne. Photo: Max Colson

Douglas Dreishpoon

Talk

Douglas Dreishpoon
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 join the online event, register at uncg.zoom.us.

Douglas Dreishpoon

Helen Frankenthaler, Eden, 1956, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In Conversation

Alexander Nemerov
Lise Motherwell

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 join the online eventregister at www.eventbrite.com.

Helen Frankenthaler, Eden, 1956, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

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Alexander Nemerov
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 join the online 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

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Announcements

Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Support

Frankenthaler Climate Initiative

Building on the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s social impact philanthropy, the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is a multiyear grant-making program designed to advance the goal of carbon neutrality in the visual arts. In its inaugural cycle, the Foundation conferred its full initial commitment of more than $5 million to assist nearly eighty collecting institutions across more than twenty-five states in improving their energy efficiency. It has also dedicated an additional $5 million to be awarded over the next two years. For more information and a full list of 2021 grantees, visit frankenthalerclimateinitiative.org.

Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Tri-state area of the United States

Support

Tri-State Relief Fund

The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation, as part of their respective COVID-19 relief efforts, have established an emergency relief grant program that will provide $1,250,000 in aid to non-salaried visual arts workers in the tristate area who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. The program will be administered in partnership with nonprofit arts service organization New York Foundation for the Arts.

Tri-state area of the United States

Helen Frankenthaler, M, 1977, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

Donation

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
COVID-19 Relief Effort

In response to the catastrophic situation artists and art organizations face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has announced a $5 million commitment to relief funding over the next three years. Building on its commitment to supporting artists and art institutions, this multiyear initiative marks the Foundation’s largest commitment of funding to date in support of a single cause since it became active in 2013.

Helen Frankenthaler, M, 1977, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York, on extended loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Podcast

Recording Artists
Radical Women

This new podcast, produced by the Getty, explores the lives and work of six women artists spanning multiple generations. Hosted by curator Helen Molesworth, the podcast draws on rare audio interviews from the 1960s and ’70s from the archives of the Getty Research Institute and includes an episode on Helen Frankenthaler and another on Eva Hesse, including commentary by Mary Weatherford.

Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York, on extended loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967 © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

Arts Funding and Donation

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
New Education Initiatives

On November 30, 2018, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced two new initiatives for arts funding: the Frankenthaler Scholarships, which will support graduate students of painting and of art history, and the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative, comprising gifts of selected prints by the artist to ten university-affiliated museums and grants to develop related programs. For more information, visit www.frankenthalerfoundation.org.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967 © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York. Photo: Steven Sloman

Museum Exhibitions

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1994 © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Just Opened

Helen Frankenthaler
Malerische Konstellationen

Through March 5, 2023
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
www.museum-folkwang.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to Painterly Constellations, is the first monographic show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Germany in more than twenty years. It features seventy-five works on paper alongside a selection of paintings from distinct phases in Frankenthaler’s career. These range in size from intimate to monumental; some reference landscape, while others are resolutely abstract. This exhibition has traveled from Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1994 © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

On View

Monochrome Multitudes

Through January 8, 2023
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

Revisiting classic modernist ideas about flatness, idealized form, and colors, this exhibition opens up the seemingly reductive format of the monochrome to reveal its global resonance and creative possibilities while working toward a more expansive narrative of twentieth and twenty-first century art. Work by Alexander Calder, Walter De Maria, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Sally Mann, and Richard Serra is included.

Sally Mann, The Bath, 1989 © Sally Mann

Helen Frankenthaler, Beach Scene, 1961, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

On View

Ways of Freedom
Jackson Pollock to Maria Lassnig

Through January 22, 2023
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

Ways of Freedom examines the creative interplay between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel in a transatlantic exchange and dialogue from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. Exploring radically impulsive approaches to form, color, and material, the exhibition includes more than ninety works by nearly fifty artists with loans from museums worldwide. This exhibition has traveled from the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany under the title The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945Work by Willem de KooningHelen Frankenthaler, and Simon Hantaï is included.

Helen Frankenthaler, Beach Scene, 1961, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003, Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, September 6, 2022–February 5, 2023. Artwork © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: RoseBudz Productions, courtesy Baker Museum, Naples, Florida

On View

Helen Frankenthaler
Late Works, 1990–2003

Through February 5, 2023
Baker Museum, Naples, Florida
artisnaples.org

Marking the first museum presentation exclusively dedicated to the late work of Helen Frankenthaler, this exhibition features ten paintings and twenty works on paper dating from 1990 to 2003, some measuring more than six feet in length. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, Frankenthaler expanded the possibilities of abstract painting while referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. In later years, her practice continued to evolve through her use of diverse media and processes, as she shifted from painting canvas on the floor to using larger sheets of paper laid out on the floor or on tabletops for easier accessibility. The continuity, in terms of content and execution between the late work (post-1990) and what came before it, is striking. Graced with memorable encounters, a vast art-historical image bank, and technical prowess, the aging artist moved in whatever direction suited her mood and imagination. This exhibition originated at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.

Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003, Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, September 6, 2022–February 5, 2023. Artwork © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: RoseBudz Productions, courtesy Baker Museum, Naples, Florida

Helen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York. Photo: Tim Pyle, Blue Light Studio

On View

Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman
Without Limits

Through March 12, 2023
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
www.bowdoin.edu

Born three years apart, Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) and Jo Sandman (b. 1931) matured absorbing the lessons of Abstract Expressionism. In the early 1960s both artists expanded beyond their painting practices (though never abandoned them) to explore new modes of expression. Although they worked independently of one another, Frankenthaler and Sandman, as a pair, point toward new modes of conceptualizing art practice and the important role of printmaking in that revolution.

Helen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York. Photo: Tim Pyle, Blue Light Studio

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1967, installation view, Seattle Art Museum © The Estate of Francis Bacon. Photo: Jueqian Fang

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Frisson
The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection

October 15, 2021–November 27, 2022
Seattle Art Museum
www.seattleartmuseum.org

This exhibition celebrates the Friday Foundation’s gift of nineteen artworks from the Lang Collection to the Seattle Art Museum in honor of Seattle collectors Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis. Dating from 1945 to 1976, the paintings, drawings, and sculptures in Frisson represent mature works and pivotal moments of artistic development from some of the most influential American and European artists of the postwar period. Work by Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Alberto Giacometti is included.  

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait, 1967, installation view, Seattle Art Museum © The Estate of Francis Bacon. Photo: Jueqian Fang

Helen Frankenthaler, Grotto Azura, 1963, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Helen Frankenthaler
Malerische Konstellationen

April 23–October 30, 2022
Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
www.kunsthalle.at

This exhibition, whose title translates to Painterly Constellations, is the first monographic show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Austria. It features seventy-four works on paper alongside a selection of paintings from distinct phases in Frankenthaler’s career. These range in size from intimate to monumental; some reference landscape, while others are resolutely abstract.

Helen Frankenthaler, Grotto Azura, 1963, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Installation view, The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany, June 4–September 25, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © The Estate of Morris Louis/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022; © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The Shape of Freedom
International Abstraction after 1945

June 4–September 25, 2022
Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany
www.museum-barberini.de

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. Exploring radically impulsive approaches to form, color, and material, the exhibition includes more than ninety works by nearly fifty artists with loans from museums worldwide. Work by Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Simon Hantaï is included.

Installation view, The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, Germany, June 4–September 25, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © The Estate of Morris Louis/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022; © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

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America. Entre rêves et réalités
La collection du Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection

June 9–September 11, 2022
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Canada
www.mnbaq.org

Featuring more than a hundred paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video works drawn from the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, this exhibition, whose title translates to America. Between Dreams and Realities, offers a broad overview of modern and contemporary American art. Organized thematically, it looks carefully and critically at the notion of the American dream and uncovers how artists have variously grappled with questions of identity, the challenges of globalization, the realities of everyday life in America, and the complexities of its technological and political revolutions. Work by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Sally Mann, Man Ray, Brice Marden, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Helen Frankenthaler, Cameo, 1980 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./DACS/Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York

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Helen Frankenthaler
Radical Beauty

September 15, 2021–April 18, 2022
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Radical Beauty presents Helen Frankenthaler’s groundbreaking woodcuts, which appear painterly and spontaneous with expanses of color and fluid forms. The exhibition reveals Frankenthaler as a trailblazer of the mid-century printmaking renaissance among American abstract artists, endlessly pushing the possibilities of the medium through experimentation. Highlights of the exhibition include East and Beyond (1973), created by printing onto multiple blocks to avoid negative space, and Cameo (1980), in which Frankenthaler introduced a new layered approach to color using her “guzzying” technique, where she worked surfaces with sandpaper and dental tools to achieve different effects.

Helen Frankenthaler, Cameo, 1980 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./DACS/Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York

Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, October 14, 2021–February 27, 2022. Artwork © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Helen Frankenthaler
Late Works, 1990–2003

October 14, 2021–February 27, 2022
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
www.psmuseum.org

Marking the first museum presentation dedicated to the late work of Helen Frankenthaler, this exhibition features ten paintings and twenty works on paper dating from 1990 to 2003, some measuring more than six feet. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, Frankenthaler expanded the possibilities of abstract painting while referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. In later years, her practice continued to evolve through her use of diverse media and processes, as she shifted from painting canvas on the floor to using larger sheets of paper that were laid out on the floor or on tabletops for easier accessibility. The continuity, in terms of content and execution, between the late work (post-1990) and what came before is striking. Graced with memorable encounters, a vast art historical image bank, and technical prowess, the aging artist moved in whatever direction suited her mood and imagination. This exhibition originated at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.

Installation view, Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, October 14, 2021–February 27, 2022. Artwork © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York

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Without Limits
Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print

September 4, 2021–February 20, 2022
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
blantonmuseum.org

Without Limits celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to the Blanton Museum of Art of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career. Frankenthaler began creating prints in 1961, approaching lithography, screen printing, etching, and woodcut printing with curiosity and vision. Collaborating with master printmakers at studios such as Universal Limited Art Editions (ulae), Mixografia, and Tyler Graphics, Ltd., she contributed to a printmaking renaissance in the mid-twentieth century. Her work is presented alongside prints by other artists in the Blanton’s collection who also use the medium to capture and translate their own abstract visions.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Chiron Press, New York

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