Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Helen Frankenthaler

Bistre I, 1976

Acrylic on canvas

101″ H × 24 ½″ W

(256.54 x 62.23 cm)

Kikuo Saito and Friends: New York City Downtown and Beyond, 1970s and 1980s

KinoSaito Arts Center

Verplanck, New York
May 12 — December 17, 2023

This show, curated by Karen Wilkin, features artwork by Saito and the close circle of artists that he was associated with for over 20 years. This eight-month major exhibition spans throughout the entirety of the Art Center.


Helen Frankenthaler
Cloudscape, 1950
Oil, sand, and coffee grounds on canvas
17 1/2 x 38 in. (44.5 x 96.5 cm)

Creative Exchanges: Artists in Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's Address Books

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

East Hampton, NY
May 4, 2023 – July 30, 2023

Creative Exchanges focuses on three surviving address books hand written by Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. The books themselves will be on view alongside more than twenty works by artists whose names, addresses, and telephone numbers appear in them, including Helen Frankenthaler's Cloudscape, 1950, on loan from the Foundation.


Helen Frankenthaler

Overture, 1992

acrylic on canvas

70 x 94 in. (177.8 x 238.8 cm)

L'île intérieure (The Inner Island)

Fondation Carmignac

Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Island
April 29 – November 4, 2023

With more than 80 works by 50 artists, this exhibition explores the idea of inner landscapes and interior worlds—a concept inspired by the island setting of the Villa Carmignac. The Foundation’s loan of Frankenthaler’s painting Overture will be included.


Helen Frankenthaler

Beach Scene, 1961

oil and crayon on canvas

122 1/8 x 93 5/8 in. (310.2 x 237.8 cm)

The Shape of Freedom

Munch Museum

Oslo, Norway
February 23, 2023 — May 21, 2023

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, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Georges Mathieu, Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne and Clyfford Still. This exhibition was previously presented at the Albertina Modern in Vienna and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany.

Helen Frankenthaler
Break-Through, 1956
oil on sized, primed linen
36 x 42 in. (91.4 x 106.7 cm)

Art, Music & Feminism in the 1950s

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo, MI
January 21 – May 07, 2023

Featuring works from the museum's collection in addition to loans from public and private collections, Art, Music & Feminism in the 1950s brings together a diverse collection of works produced by women of the era. This group exhibition explores how these artists played a pivotal role in opening new pathways for women in subsequent decades. The Foundation’s loan of Frankenthaler’s painting Break-through is included.


Helen Frankenthaler

Western Dream, 1957

oil on unsized, unprimed canvas

70 x 86 in. (177.8 x 218.4 cm)

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.





Oil on canvas

100 x 94 inches

Collection Tate, London

Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction (1940–70))

Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles

Arles, France
June 3 — October 22, 2023

The Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles presents a major exhibition of 130 paintings from an overlooked generation of 70 international women artists. 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
Shippan October, 1981
Acrylic on canvas
47 1/4 x 136 in. (120 x 345.4 cm)

Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930–1960

Bruce Museum

Greenwich, CT
September 23, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Connecticut Modern aims to highlight the state's role in the history of 20th century modernism as an important site of contemporary art making. The exhibition draws together many artists and collectors who lived and worked in Connecticut in the 1930s and 1940s. Helen Frankenthaler's Shippan October will be on loan from the Foundation.

All artwork unless otherwise noted

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