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Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings

Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings installation view. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings installation view. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

On show at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York until the 30th of April is a selection of paintings by Helen Frankenthaler. Centered around three large paintings from the eighties (Quarttrocento, 1984; For Chekhov, 1986; and Bella Donna, 1987), the show also included a selection of paintings on ceramic tiles. You can read Emyr Williams’ recent review ‘Turner and Frankenthaler’ here.

Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings installation view. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings installation view. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Quattrocento, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 55.9 x 62.6 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Quattrocento, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 55.9 x 62.6 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Bella Donna, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 78 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Bella Donna, 1987, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 78 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Helen Frankenthaler, For Chekhov, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 87 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, For Chekhov, 1986, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 87 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled,1978, acrylic on canvas board, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled,1978, acrylic on canvas board, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1979, acrylic on canvas board, 9 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1979, acrylic on canvas board, 9 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Thanksgiving Day, 1973, unique painting on ceramic tile, 13 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Thanksgiving Day, 1973, unique painting on ceramic tile, 13 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. simeon said…

    I think these are truly awful paintings. Sorry to say. They lack any solidity through an understanding, grounding and basis in form, composition and the basic structural integrity of drawing. The colours add something but there is little flesh on the bones you find yourself looking at a jellyfish rather than a shark. In a sane art world such work, along with artists such as Brice Marden, would be seen for what they are. An early Howard Hodgkin or later is much much more profound.T01876_10.jpg

  2. Geoff Hands said…

    Abstract Critical readers might be interested in my short article written for Conceptual Fine Arts about a recent visit to the Frankenthaler/Turner exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

    This is the link:

    http://www.conceptualfinearts.com/cfa/2014/04/19/at-the-museum-with-the-artist-geoff-hands-visits-helen-frankenthaler-and-jmw-turner-in-margate/

  3. Patrick Jones said…

    Just to let you know the transcript of the panel discussion from Turner Contemporary is now available.This was a discussion referencing Frankenthalers practise,with insights from Turner scholar James Hamilton.John Elderfield was particularly informative and its well worth a listen.

    • Margaret Ann Nevin said…

      Hi, I would love to get hold of the transcript of that panel discussion as I’m writing my case study on Helen Frankenthaler and as yet haven’t been able to visit the show in Margate. I’m a Fine Art student studying at London Metropolitan Uni., so would be grateful if you could let me know how to. Thanks, Margaret.

      • Patrick Jones said…

        Margaret,Contact Turner contemporary directly and they will tell you how to listen to the transcript.Ask for the curator of the exhibition.Alternatively the Frankenthaler Foundation in New York should be helpfull to you.

  4. John Daly said…

    That little pinkish red canvas from 1978 (on left in top photo) is a beauty!

    • Robert Melzmuf said…

      I agree, the small pink painting “Untitled”; is beautiful.
      Strange that she worked on canvasboard; there’s probably conservation ahead for the piece.