Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Round Robin, 2000, twenty-nine color etching aquatint and mezzotint
© 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, NY

The Lyrical Moment: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin

Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida

Tampa, FL
June 17 - July 30, 2022

Taking as a starting point a gift from the Foundation's Frankenthaler Prints Initiative to USFCAM, the museum has organized an exhibition that features elegant, hand-processed paintings and prints by pioneering artist Helen Frankenthaler and digitally-informed, pop-inflected canvases and works on paper by contemporary Los Angeles painter Heather Gwen Martin. The exhibition brings together the work of two important women artists from two different generations.


Beach Scene, 1961, oil and crayon on canvas, 122 1/8 x 93 5/8 inches

(310.2 x 237.8 cm) 

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

The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945

Museum Barberini

Potsdam, Germany
June 4 – September 25, 2022

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, K. O. Götz, Lee Krasner, Georges Mathieu, Joan Mitchell, Ernst-Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Judit Reigl, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.


Santa Fe XIII, 1990, acrylic on paper,

29 1/2 x 41 1/4 inches

(74.9 x 104.8 cm) 

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

Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations

Kunsthalle Krems

Krems an der Donau, Austria
April 23 - October 30, 2022

The exhibition Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations features 74 works on paper alongside a selection of paintings from the individual phases in Frankenthaler’s artistic career. Frankenthaler’s work has rarely been shown extensively in German-speaking countries. The exhibition at Kunsthalle Krems is the artist's first monographic show in Austria and is co-organized with the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, which is dedicating a show to the artist under the same title from December 2, 2022 to March 5, 2023.


Un Poco Más, 1987, lithograph,

27 1/4 x 37 in. (69 x 94 cm)

© 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A., Barcelona

Helen Frankenthaler: Un Poco Más (A Little More)

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Durham, NC
February 12 - August 28, 2022

This Frankenthaler Prints Initiative exhibition champions the significance of printmaking within Frankenthaler’s artistic practice. It explores the cooperative, exploratory process through which the artist worked and highlights the six proofs and final edition print of Un Poco Más (1987), completed during a period of time the artist spent in Barcelona, Spain. 


Helen Frankenthaler, Western Dream, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 86 inches (177.8 x 218.4 cm) © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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, April Mood, (detail) 1974, ASOM Collection © Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./ Bildrecht, Wien 2022

Ways of Freedom

Albertina Modern, Vienna

October 15, 2022 – January 22, 2022

Albertina Modern's autumn exhibition is dedicated to the abstract expressionism of the New York School. After 1945, hard-edge painting and color field painting celebrated a brilliant triumph in Europe and reestablished art’s freedom following the end of the Second World War. The exhibition includes over 100 artworks by international artists and examines the creative interplay between abstract expressionism and informalism in the context of transatlantic dialog from the mid-1940s to the end of the Cold War. 


Stella Polaris, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 108 inches (243.8 x 274.3 cm)

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

Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003

Artis–Naples, Baker Museum

Naples, FL
September 6 - November 27, 2022

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, is forthcoming from Radius Books.


Grotto Azura, 1963, oil on paper, 23 x 29 inches  (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 

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

Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations

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

For the first time in more than 20 years in Germany, the Museum Folkwang is showcasing with this exhibition the powerful oeuvre of Helen Frankenthaler, known as a trailblazer for her role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field Painting, in Germany. Starting with her material experiments on paper, in the early 1950s, and, her soak-stain technique of soaking canvas in thinned paint, Frankenthaler revolutionized abstract art.