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  • Literature

    Pegram Harrison 233

  • Catalogue Essay

    Frankenthaler's most important and challenging print.

    Freefall is printed on sheets of TGL [Tyler Graphics Limited] handmade paper that are dyed or stained with color before being printed with woodblocks. Frankenthaler began each print by “drawing” with dyed paper pulp on a freshly formed sheet, as if she were creating a work on paper with the pulp. The paper was like a blotter to which she added the dyed pulp, melding the fibers into a single entity. . . As always, she paid particular attention to the registration of the blocks so that there is neither an overlapping of the colors nor an unwanted gap between them.

    Pegram Harrison, Frankenthaler A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints 1961-1994, p. 471

  • 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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Monumental woodcut and hand-dyed paper in colors, on TGL handmade paper, the full sheet.
S. 78 1/4 x 60 in. (198.8 x 152.4 cm)
Signed, dated '93' and numbered 6/30 in pencil (there were also 12 aritst's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (with their blindstamp), framed.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $131,250

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 23 April 2019