Helen Frankenthaler - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Segal
    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013

  • Exhibited

    New York, M. Knoedler & Co., American Works on Paper 1945-1975, November - December 1975, no. 12, n.p. (illustrated)
    New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Edmonton Art Gallery; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario; Milwaukee Art Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Houston, Museum of Fine Arts; Cambridge, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Frankenthaler: Works on Paper 1949-1984, February 22, 1985 - October 26, 1986, pl. 40, no. 37, p. 57 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    John Elderfield, Frankenthaler, New York, 1989, p. 226 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler was one of the most influential members of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists and had a considerable impact on the transition from the prevailing New York School sensibilities to the subsequent Color Field style. Frankenthaler first achieved widespread praise for the opaque, floating fields of color of her 1952 painting Mountain and Sea, created using a technique that involved pouring thinned paint onto untreated canvases that had been laid on the floor of her studio. This so-called “soak-stain” technique was an acclaimed overture to Frankenthaler’s tireless experimentations with other styles and media throughout her career, including work in ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking.  

    Frankenthaler’s distinguished career has been widely celebrated since its beginnings. She was featured in the storied 1951 Ninth Street Show in New York as well as in Clement Greenberg’s 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Frankenthaler co-represented the United States at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966 and received the National Medal of the Arts in 2001.  

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London Memos

signed and dated "Frankenthaler '71" lower right
acrylic and crayon on paper
23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm.)
Executed on April 1, 1971.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017