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in admiration of one of my favorite artists
helen frankenthaler 
1928-2011

‘the landscapes were in my arms as i did it.’

-helen frankenthaler

helen frankenthaler | mountains and sea | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1952

national gallery of art | washington, DC

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helen frankenthaler | mountain storm | oil on canvas | 1955

sold for US$511,500 | sale 1301 lot 26 | christie’s new york | 11 november 2003

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helen frankenthaler | jacob’s ladder | oil on canvas | 1957

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

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helen frankenthaler | saturn revisited | acrylic on canvas | 1964

sold for US$662,500 | sale 2048 lot 2 | christie’s new york | 12 november 2008

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helen frankenthaler | glow II | acrylic on canvas | 1968

sold for US$622,400 | sale 1835 lot 165 | christie’s new york | 17 may 2007

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helen frankenthaler | chairman of the board | synthetic polymer paint and felt tip marker on canvas | 1971

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

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helen frankenthaler | nature abhors a vacuum | acrylic on canvas | 1973

national gallery of art | washington, DC

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helen frankenthaler | leveling | acrylic on canvas | 1973

sold for US$698,500 | sale NO8792 lot 171 | sotheby’s new york | 10 november 2011

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helen frankenthaler | cloud harbor | acrylic on canvas | 1974

sold for US$601,000 | sale NO8364 lot 242 | sotheby’s new york | 15 november 2007

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helen frankenthaler | nadir rising | acrylic on canvas | 1974

sold for US$769,000 | sale NO8442 lot 242 | sotheby’s new york | 15 may 2008

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helen frankenthaler | royal fireworks | acrylic on canvas | 1975

sold for US$818,500 | sale 2481 lot 711 | christie’s new york | 9 november 2011

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helen frankenthaler | springscape | acrylic on canvas | 1975

sold for US$578,500 | sale 2220 lot 225 | christie’s new york | 11 november 2009

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helen frankenthaler | warming trend | acrylic on canvas | 2002

kemper museum of contemporary art | kansas city, MO

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wouldn’t you love to see a retrospective of her work?

click here or here or here to read more about helen frankenthaler.

two san francisco art galleries are presenting landmark exhibitions of paintings by helen frankenthaler and richard diebenkorn during april, may, and june 2010.

helen frankenthaler | paintings 1961-1973 at the john berggruen gallery opened on 1 april 2010 and runs through 22 may 2010.

helen frankenthaler (b.1928), who was influenced by the techniques of abstract expressionist painters such as jackson pollock, willem de kooning, and mark rothko, led the color field painting movement in new york during the 1950’s.  she developed a gestural painting technique that, by pouring paint over an unprimed instead of a primed canvas, allowed the paint to penetrate and stain the surface.

here are some highlights from the show, which features rarely exhibited paintings from the collections of the artist and other private collectors.  some of the earliest paintings in the exhibition include provincetown l from 1961 and pivitol square from 1962.

helen frankenthaler | provincetown l | oil on canvas | 1961

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helen frankenthaler | pivitol square | oil on canvas | 1962

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helen frankenthaler | gulf stream | oil and acrylic on canvas | 1963

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helen frankenthaler | mountain pool | acrylic on canvas | 1963

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helen frankenthaler | orange underline | acrylic on canvas | 1963

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the san francisco museum of modern art loaned interior landscape from 1964 to the berggruen gallery for the exhibition.

  helen frankenthaler | interior landscape | acrylic on canvas | 1964

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according to art scholar, barbara rose, coalition from 1968 is:

‘among the finest paintings produced anywhere in the late sixties’.

helen frankenthaler | coalition | acrylic on canvas | 1968

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but, harold rosenberg, a new york art critic and proponent of the abstract expressionist movement, described frankenthaler’s post-1960’s work as:

‘mere interior decoration.’

helen frankenthaler | moveable blue | acrylic on canvas | 1973

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