Helen Frankenthaler - Evening & Day Editions New York Sunday, April 28, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Pegram Harrison 27-30
    Williams College 30-33

  • Catalogue Essay

    Orange Downpour; Wind Directions; A Little Zen; and Green likes Mauve

    Between September and November 1970, Frankenthaler and three assistants met four times in the basement of her New York City studio and produced four editions of fifty pochoirs. Frankenthaler has always enjoyed experimenting with different processes, and learned about this method after seeing a reproduction of a pochoir by Sonia Delaunay.

    ...The three of us were holding down the stencils while Helen worked over, around, and on our fingers with the liquid acrylics. The process was revised to accommodate Helen's free and spontaneous approach to printmaking. We felt that the technique was very effective. Despite the fact that the prints were made as an edition, each print has an original, fresh quality recalling the immediacy of a unique watercolor, yet there is no doubt that the prints are very closely related.

    Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961-1979, Williams College, The Clark Art Institute, edited by Thomas Krens, 1980

  • 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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Four Pochoirs portfolio

The complete set of four pochoirs in colors, on Arches Imperial Rough watercolor paper, the full sheets,
32 x 23 in (81.3 x 58.4 cm)
all signed, dated `9/30/70', `10/19/70', `10/28/70' and `11/14/70' and numbered 50/50 in pencil (there were also 6 or 7 artist's proofs), coordinated by Rosa Esman, published by Abrams Original Editions, New York (with their inkstamp on the reverse), all in very good condition, all contained in original pink fabric-covered portfolio with green ties (occasional scattered foxing).

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $43,750

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Evening & Day Editions

New York 29 April 2013 10am & 6pm