Helen Frankenthaler  (American, 1928-2011) 

Helen Frankenthaler (American, b.1928) is regarded as one of the major painters of postwar American Abstract Expressionism. Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Frankenthaler studied art first at the Dalton School in New York, and then at Bennington College in Vermont. In the 1950s, Frankenthaler was inspired by American Abstract Expressionism, especially by the work of Jackson Pollock. She began to experiment with pouring paint directly onto canvas, but, unlike Pollock, Frankenthaler used thinned paint on untreated canvases, creating the effect of a large watercolor; this revolutionary technique launched the second generation of the Color Field school of painting.

Even though her poured works appear nonrepresentational, they are often based on real or imaginary landscapes. In addition to her two-dimensional work, Frankenthaler produced welded steel sculptures and explored ceramics, prints, and illustrated books. From the mid-1980s on, she also worked as set and costume designer for productions by England''''s Royal Ballet. Frankenthaler participated in the documenta II in Kassel and has held numerous international exhibitions, including important retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Frankenthaler has taught at New York University, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and was married to American painter Robert Motherwell until 1971. She died in 2011 after a long disease.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled


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Helen Frankenthaler, Sunshine After Rain


Helen Frankenthaler
Sunshine After Rain

Auction: Apr 24, 2014
Heffel Fine Art Auction House
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Helen Frankenthaler, BAY AREA WEDNESDAY VII


Helen Frankenthaler

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
Helen Frankenthaler, Southern Exposure


Helen Frankenthaler
Southern Exposure

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Helen Frankenthaler, Flirt


Helen Frankenthaler
Great Dane Collection
Helen Frankenthaler, La Sardana


Helen Frankenthaler
La Sardana

F.L. Braswell Fine Art
Helen Frankenthaler, Reflections 1


Helen Frankenthaler
Reflections 1

Amy Simon Fine Art
Helen Frankenthaler, Ganymede


Helen Frankenthaler

Larsen Gallery
Helen Frankenthaler, Tales of Genji II


Helen Frankenthaler
Tales of Genji II

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Helen Frankenthaler, The Red Sea


Helen Frankenthaler
The Red Sea, 1978-1982
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Helen Frankenthaler, Shoreline


Helen Frankenthaler
Shoreline, 1952
mixed media on canvas


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Helen Frankenthaler, Live from Lincoln Center, 20th Year


Helen Frankenthaler
Live from Lincoln Center, 20th Year, 1995
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1928   Born in New York, NY
1945   Graduated from The Dalton School, New York, NY
1946   Art Students League, New York, NY
1945 - 1949   BA Bennington College, Bennington, VT
2011   Died 27th December
2008   Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2007   Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (solo)
2005 - 2006   National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (solo)
2003   Museum of Contemporary, North Miami, FL (solo)
2002   Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (solo)
1999   Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (solo)
1998   Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (solo)
1993   National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)
1989   The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
1985   Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1981   Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (solo)
1975   Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (solo)
1969   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1964   Post-Painterly Abstraction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1961   American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1960   The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1958   Nature in Abstraction: The Relation of Abstract Painting and Sculpture to Nature in Twentieth-Century American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1957   Artists of the New York School Second Generation, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1951   9th Street: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, 60th East 9th Street, New York, NY
1950   Fifteen Unknowns Selected by Artists of the Kootz Gallery, Kootz Gallery, New York, NY
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
  Tate Gallery, London, UK
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO