The Lyrical Moment: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin
Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida
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.
The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945
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.
Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations
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.
Helen Frankenthaler: Un Poco Más (A Little More)
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
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.
Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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.
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.
Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003
Artis–Naples, Baker Museum
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.
Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations
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.