Monday, April 23, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium



"You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once." - Helen Frankenthaler

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this spring in celebrating the life and work of Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 - 2011). Open now, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium features the artist's lesser-known print work from her time at the workshop Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in Long Island, New York. Throughout this exhibition, we see Frankenthaler's signature vibrant, lyrical abstraction - typically applied to monumental canvases - on a smaller scale, as she explored a new medium. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!


 Frankenthaler represented an ideological and methodoloigcal departure from the first generation of Abstract Expressionists before her. She developed her individual, innovative technique by pouring washes of turpentine-thinned pigment onto surfaces. This method maintained the spontaneity and dynamism of her artistic predecessors, but distinctively foregrounded color in a manner that would come to be known as Color Field painting.


Frankenthaler's fusion of color and surface remained manifest as she experimented with other materials, as is evident in the lithographs, etchings, aquatints and woodcuts on view in this exhibition. 

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium
 is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through September 3rd.  Learn more here: Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

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