Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Helen Frankenthaler at Jacobson

Paper is Painting at Bernard Jacobson 13th October - 13th November

Image courtesy of The Art Story

Born in New York in 1928, Helen Frankenthaler first studied with Rufino Tamayo at the Dalton School. At Bennington College, Vermont, 1945-49, she received a disciplined grounding in Cubism from Paul Feeley, though her own instincts lay closer to the linear freedom of Arshile Gorky and the color improvisations of Wassily Kandinsky's early work.

In 1950 the critic Clement Greenberg introduced her to contemporary painting. During that summer, she studied with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 1951 Adolph Gottlieb selected her for an important New Talent exhibition, and she had her first one person show in New York later that year.

Frankenthaler continued making art during the 1980's and '90s, through today, celebrating her eightieth birthday in 2008. She has experimented with a variety of media, including clay and steel sculpture, even designing the sets and costumes for England's Royal Ballet, but has always found the greatest success in focusing on color and light. Frankenthaler lives in Manhattan and has a summer home in Connecticut where she still enjoys the sea and sky that inspired her in her youth. 

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