Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Helen Frankenthaler

Vessel, 1961

Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas

100 x 94 in.

Tate. Presented by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

(Tate Americas Foundation), 2019.

Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Bielfeld, Germany
December 2, 2023 – March 3, 2024

This major exhibition of 130 paintings from an overlooked generation of 70 international women artists arrives at its third venue following the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, France. Reaching beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionist movement, this exhibition celebrates the practices of the numerous international women artists working with gestural abstraction in the aftermath of the Second World War.


Helen Frankenthaler
Harvest II, 1975
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 69 in. (254 x 175.3 cm)

Tracing Lineage: Abstraction and its Aftermath

Bruce Museum

Greenwich, CT
November 18, 2023 – March 17, 2024

From its heyday in the 1940s and ’50s, abstract art gained momentum in the postwar United States and remains a touchstone for artists working today. Tracing Lineage: Abstraction and its Aftermath addresses key art-historical movements, including Abstract Expressionism and its various permutations—from Action Painting and Color Field to Minimalism and Postminimalism—while also showcasing work by contemporary artists whose investigations of color, form, and material elucidate the ongoing legacies of painterly abstraction.



Helen Frankenthaler

Star Gazing, 1989

Acrylic on canvas

71 1/2 x 144 in. (181.6 x 365.8 cm)

Van Gogh and the Stars

The Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles

Arles, France
June 1 — September 8, 2024

Van Gogh’s renowned painting Starry Night (1888) will be the focus of an exhibition shedding light on the sources and considerable influence of this nocturnal scene.  The Foundation’s loan of Frankenthaler’s painting Star Gazing (1989) will be included alongside works by such artists as Edvard Munch, Kasimir Malevich, Georgia O’Keeffe, Yves Klein, Lee Bontecou, Tony Cragg, and Anselm Kiefer.


Snow Pines, 2004
Thirty-four color woodcut

from 16 woodblocks

37 1/2 x 26 inches  (95.3 x 66 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler: As If It’s Happened at Once

STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery

June 29 - August 25, 2024

STPI’s Annual Special Exhibition brings together a substantial collection of Helen Frankenthaler’s print works with a spotlight on her woodcuts – one of the largest such presentations to be shown in Singapore to date. Loans from the Foundation will be included.




Helen Frankenthaler

Mediterranean Thoughts, 1960

Oil on sized, primed canvas

101 x 93 1/2 in. (256.5 x 237.5 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler: Painting without Rules

Palazzo Strozzi

Florence, Italy
September 27, 2024 – February 2, 2025

The largest presentation of Helen Frankenthaler’s work in Italy, this survey comprises 33 of Frankenthaler’s poetic abstractions in an examination of her artistic affinities, influences, and friendships. The exhibition interweaves paintings Frankenthaler created between 1953 and 2002 with select works by some of her contemporaries, including Anthony Caro, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, David Smith, and Anne Truitt.


In addition to significant loans from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as well as international museums and private collections, the presentation also features works by her peers that were part of the artist’s personal collection.


Co-organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the exhibition is curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Director, Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné. 





All artwork unless otherwise noted

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