Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Exhibitions

Current

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Grotto Azura, 1963, oil on paper, 23 x 29 inches  (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 

© 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Helen Frankenthaler: Painterly Constellations

Museum Folkwang

Essen, Germany
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. 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Blue Bellows, 1976, acrylic on canvas, 115 1/4 x 94 inches (292.7 x 238.8 cm) © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Ways of Freedom: Jackson Pollock to Maria Lassnig

Albertina Modern, Vienna

October 15, 2022 — February 12, 2023

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. 

A version of this exhibition was presented at the Museum Barberini in 2022, the show will travel to a third venue, the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway in 2023.

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Focus on Mars, 1976, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 114 in. (116.8 x 289.6 cm) © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Monochrome Multitudes

Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
September 22, 2022 — January 8, 2023

This exhibition traces “the monochrome” as a fundamental if surprisingly expansive artistic practice. Revisiting classic modernist ideas about flatness, idealized form, and colors, Monochrome Multitudes opens up this seemingly reductive art to reveal its global resonance and creative possibilities while working toward a more expansive narrative of 20th and 21st century art.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983, twenty-two color etching, soft-ground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, engraving and mezzotint, 30 x 40 1/2 in. (76.2 x 102.87 cm.) © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York

Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman: Without Limits

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Brunswick, ME
September 15, 2022 — March 12, 2023

This exhibition explores what can be learned by juxtaposing the work of two pioneering artists: Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman (b. 1931). Frankenthaler, the elder artist, is more closely identified with image-making, and Sandman, the younger, with process and conceptualism. This exhibition highlights 10 prints and 8 proofs by Frankenthaler that were gifted to the museum through the Frankenthaler Prints Initiative for university-affiliated museums.

 

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Stella Polaris, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 108 inches (243.8 x 274.3 cm)

© 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003

Artis–Naples, Baker Museum

Naples, FL
September 6 — February 5, 2023

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.

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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
Ongoing

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.