Helen Frankenthaler (Dec. 12, 1928 – Dec. 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter and a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. Her art has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, including a 1989 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Quotes: “We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked, or if it didn’t, and wonder what was effective in it, in terms of paint, the subject matter, the size, the drawing.” | “Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.”
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