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Helen Frankenthaler: Saluting France

Albertine Books, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, NY

November 28, 2017

A discussion about Helen Frankenthaler’s work and its connection to French art and culture. Participants included John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art; Distinguished Curator and Lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum; and Consultant for Special Projects at Gagosian Gallery; Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné and Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History at Hunter College of the City University of New York and Director of the Hunter College Galleries; and artist Pat Steir.


Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Receives $250,000 Gift From Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for New Named Studio

October 6, 2017

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading residencies for emerging visual artists, received a $250,000 gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The funds provided for a new studio building which was constructed on its rural campus in central Maine.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, June 1986. Photo by Barbara N. Lapcek


No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

July 1 — September 24, 2017

Throughout her career, Frankenthaler worked with a variety of print publishers to push the medium in new directions. No Rules featured work executed over four decades and examined her inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Freefall, 1993, Hand-dyed paper in 15 colors and 12 color woodcut from 1 plate of 21 woodblocks, 78 1/2 x 60 1/2 inches (199.4 x 153.7 cm). © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


As In Nature Helen Frankenthaler Paintings

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

July 1 — October 9, 2017

This exhibition comprised a selection of large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, focusing on nature as a longstanding inspiration and including the full range of styles and techniques that she explored over five decades of work.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Milkwood Arcade, 1963, Acrylic on canvas, 86 1/2 x 80 3/4 inches (219 x 203 cm). © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Helen Frankenthaler: After Abstract Expressionism, 1959– 1962

Gagosian Gallery, Paris

June 9 — September 16, 2017

The first major exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler's work in Paris in more than fifty years included fourteen paintings and two works on paper, several not exhibited since the early 1960s.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, The Red Sea, 1959. Oil and charcoal on sized, primed canvas with painted wood frame, 69 5/8 × 68 1/2 inches


Douglas Dreishpoon Appointed Director of Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné

January 31, 2017

An art historian, curator, author, and educator, Mr. Dreishpoon will lead the development and production of the catalogue raisonné of Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, works on paper, and mediums other than prints, which the Foundation intends to publish in both print and digital editions. He will additionally serve as Editor of the publication.