Helen Frankenthaler Foundation




Helen Frankenthaler, Open Wall, 1953. Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 53 3/4 x 131 inches. © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Women in Abstraction

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

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

Initially presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris, this exhibition traces a lesser-told history of art primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries by focusing on the contribution of women artists to abstraction. It includes over 100 artists working across disciplines. The loan of two major paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the Foundation’s collection are on view.


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 © 2022 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, 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 and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. The Palm Springs presentation includes an additional 10 paintings on canvas. 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, Madame Butterfly, 2000, one hundred two color woodcut from 46 woodblocks, 41 3/4 x 79 1/2 inches  (106 x 201.9 cm) © 2022 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

Named "best exhibition of the year in London" by The Guardian and "a revelation" by The Evening Standard, this exhibition shines a light on the artist’s groundbreaking woodcuts, which appear painterly and spontaneous with expanses of color and fluid forms. The exhibition reveals Frankenthaler 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 © 2022 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 ten prints and six proofs by the artist that were gifted to the Blanton Museum through the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative. 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, 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.



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 - July 3, 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. 


Hôtel du Quai Voltaire, 1956

Watercolor, gouache, nail polish, lipstick, and tape on paper

15 3/8 x 23 1/4 inches (39.1 x 59.1 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.