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  • Literature

    Pegram Harrison 80
    see Tyler Graphics pp. 137-38

  • Catalogue Essay

    Helen Frankenthaler reused the matrix carved for her 1980 woodcut Cameo in order to create the rich colors and textured elements of the present lot. Monoprint V resulted from Frankenthaler using a proof pulled for Cameo and then adding an uncarved woodblock and finally hand-coloring this impression.

    Monoprints and Monotypes are both techniques that produce unique works. Generally, Monotypes require that the artist work directly onto the plate — usually a thin and flat surface — from which the impression will be pulled. Monoprints differ from Monotypes in that such works could be made from any number of printing matrices such as woodblocks.

  • 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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Property from the Collection of Virginia Lewisohn Kahn


Monoprint V, from Monoprint, Monotype Series

Monoprint in colors with hand-coloring in lithographic ink, pastel and Paintstik, on white Japanese Suzuki handmade paper, the full sheet.
S. 42 3/8 x 33 3/8 in. (107.6 x 84.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated '11 Feb '81' and annotated with printer's notes in pencil, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, framed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 23 April 2019