Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty
Frankenthaler (1928–2011) is widely regarded as one of America’s most prominent abstract artists of the twentieth century, having played a key part in the shift from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Throughout her six-decade career, she experimented relentlessly, generating a significant body of work in a variety of mediums. This show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery celebrates the artist’s revolutionary woodcuts, which look painterly and intuitive with expanses of colour and flowing forms, and premieres 10 years after her death. It will reveal Frankenthaler as a trailblazer of the printmaking movement, who pushed boundaries of the medium through her extensive experimentation.
To coincide with this exhibition, the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Monet x Frankenthaler display brings together two seminal works by Claude Monet and Helen Frankenthaler to reveal similarities in the artists’ ambition and approach.
“Exploring Frankenthaler’s proofs and processes, we’ll show the painstaking work behind these beguiling woodcuts – revealing just how accomplished Frankenthaler was in modulating control and spontaneity in her art.”