Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) studied with Rufino Tamayo at the Dalton School, graduating in 1945. By 1949, when she graduated from Bennington College, and moved to New York to study at Columbia University, she has removed any trace of representation from her art, embracing the philosophy of Clement Greenberg, who believed that modernism was taking abstraction toward anti-illusionistic flatness. Frankenthaler had her first one-person exhibit at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1951; she was just twenty-three years old when, in 1953, she painted Mountains and Sea, her first abstract stain painting. Success for her fresh approach included her first prize at the biennial exhibition of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1959), and traveling retrospectives organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art (1969) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1975).

At the suggestion of Larry Rivers, Frankenthaler was invited to work at ULAE in 1960 and the lithography stone quickly became the perfect vehicle for her athletic brand of gestural abstraction. For the next fifteen years, Frankenthaler continued her fruitful collaboration at ULAE, adding intaglio (1968) and woodcut (1973) to her repertoire.

2006

Lilac Sweep, 2006
Lithograph in 7 colors

Vuillard's Chariot, 2006
Lithograph in 7 colors

1979

Door, 1979
Lithograph in 2 colors

1978

Altitudes, 1978
Lithograph in 2 colors

Bronze Smoke, 1978
Lithograph in 2 colors

1976

Trial Premonition II/III, 1976
Woodcut in 5 colors

Vineyard Storm, 1976
Woodcut in 3 colors

1974

Message from Degas, 1974
Intaglio in 4 colors with etching, aquatint, and liquid brandy aquatint

Savage Breeze, 1974
Woodcut in 7 colors

1973

Connected By Joy, 1973
Intaglio in 4 colors with etching and sugar-lift aquatint

East and Beyond, 1973
Woodcut in 7 colors

I Need Yellow, 1973
Lithograph in 3 colors with tusche wash and crayon

1971

Free-Wheeling, 1971
Intaglio in 5 colors with etching and pochoir hand additions in acrylic

Lot's Wife, 1971
Lithograph in 6 colors

1970

Weather Vane, 1970
Intaglio in 5 colors with aquatint

1969

A Slice of the Stone Itself, 1969
Lithograph in 2 colors

Silent Curtain, 1969
Lithograph in 2 colors

Southwest Blues, 1969
Lithograph in 3 colors

Variation I on 'Mauve Corner', 1969
Lithograph in 5 colors

Variation II on "Mauve Corner", 1969
Lithograph in 5 colors

Venice, 1969
Lithograph in 3 colors

1967

Post Card for James Schuyler, 1967
Intaglio in 4 colors

White Portal, 1967
Lithograph in 4 colors

1966

Persian Garden, 1966
Lithograph in 3 colors

1961

Brown Moons, 1961
Lithograph in 3 colors

First Stone, 1961
Lithograph in 5 colors

May 26th Backwards, 1961
Lithograph in 3 colors