Over Time, We’re Left with the Best: Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003
Over Time, We’re Left with the Best: Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003 will be the first museum presentation dedicated to the exploration of works from Helen Frankenthaler’s late life, featuring approximately 22 works on paper dating from 1990 to 2003—some measuring over 6 feet—on loan from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The exhibition is co-organized by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and NBMAA, and curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, PhD, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné.
Frankenthaler (1928–2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the 20th century. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, she expanded the possibilities of abstract painting while referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. In later years, her practice continued to evolve through her use of diverse media and processes, as she shifted from painting canvas on the floor to using larger sheets of paper that were laid out on the floor or on table tops for easier accessibility. The continuity between the late work and what came before is striking, as Frankenthaler continued to move in intuitive directions that were inspired by her mood and imagination.