Helen Frankenthaler (born 1928) is regarded as one of the major painters of postwar American Abstract Expressionism. Frankenthaler first studied art 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.
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.
Master Prints of the '70s - '90s27 Feb - 20 Mar 2015ZBCA will unveil for the first time our latest acquisitions, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo, Bernar Venet, and Robert Motherwell among others.
Contemporary Masters and Mosset26 Aug - 23 Sep 2011A vibrant exhibition of prints celebrating the 20th century's greatest contemporary master artists including Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler and Ellsworth Kelly among others. Also featured are prints and...