Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Helen Frankenthaler, Open Wall, 1953. Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 53 3/4 x 131 inches. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Women in Abstraction

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

Bilbao, Spain
October 22, 2021 — February 27, 2022

Women in Abstraction will travel to Bilbao, Spain after its initial showing at Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. The exhibition aims to trace a lesser-told history of art primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries by focusing on the contribution of women artists to abstraction. The exhibition includes over 100 artists working across disciplines, Two loans of major paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the Foundation’s collection will be included.


Helen Frankenthaler, Contentment Island, 2002, acrylic on paper, 74 1/8 inches x 60 1/8 inches (188.3 cm x 152.7 cm) Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: Roz Akin, courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs, CA
October 14, 2021 — February 27, 2022

During the 1990s, as Frankenthaler's 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 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. The exhibition, organized by Doug Dreishpoon, travels from the Weatherspoon Museum and New Britain Museum of Art.  The Palm Springs presentation includes an additional 10 paintings on canvas.


Helen Frankenthaler, Madame Butterfly, 2000, one hundred two color woodcut from 46 woodblocks, 41 3/4 x 79 1/2 inches  (106 x 201.9 cm) © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York

Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty

Dulwich Picture Gallery

London, UK
September 15, 2021 — April 18, 2022

This exhibition will be the first major UK showcase of woodcuts by Helen Frankenthaler. The selection of groundbreaking prints will shine a light on the artist's role as a trailblazer of the printmaking movement, who endlessly pushed possibilities through her experimentation. 


Helen Frankenthaler, Japanese Maple, 2005, sixteen color woodcut from nine blocks on Torinoko paper, 26 x 38 in., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, 2019 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pace Editions, Inc., New York

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

Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas

Austin, TX
September 4, 2021 — February 20, 2022

This exhibition highlights the Frankenthaler Foundation's gift of ten prints and six proofs by the artist to the Blanton Museum. These works span five decades of Frankenthaler’s career. Her work is joined by that of other artists in the Blanton’s collection using the medium of print to capture and translate their own abstract visions.


Helen Frankenthaler, Vessel, 1961, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 100 x 94 inches, Tate. Presented by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation (Tate Americas Foundation), 2019. © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In the Studio (Room 8): Helen Frankenthaler

Tate Modern

London, UK
November 18, 2019 — November 28, 2021

This room of five paintings spanning 1951-1977 includes loans from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation's collection and a work recently gifted to the Tate by the Foundation.


Helen Frankenthaler, Western Dream, 1957, oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 86 inches (177.8 x 218.4 cm) © 2021 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.