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Abstract Climates
Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown

August 4–October 27, 2019
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
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In 1950, at the encouragement of art critic Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler studied briefly in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with Hans Hofmann. Following her marriage to Robert Motherwell in 1958, she spent more than a decade of summers living and working there. Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown presents key examples of Frankenthaler’s work, beginning with those made the first summer the artist spent at Hofmann’s studio school and going on to focus on the period from the late 1950s through 1969. It also features photographs, letters, and memorabilia that shed light on the artist’s process, with an emphasis on the meaning of the place and its impact on her development as a painter. This exhibition has traveled from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Massachusetts.

Installation view, Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, August 4–October 27, 2019. Artwork © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Gary Mamay

Installation view, Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, August 4–October 27, 2019. Artwork © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Gary Mamay

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