Helen Frankenthaler - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Heritage Auctions Texas, Modern & Contemporary Art, November 14, 2015
    Acquired at the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    see Pegram Harrison 40

  • 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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I Need Yellow (in Orange) (see H. 40)

Unique lithograph in colors with hand-coloring, on Nepalese handmade paper, with full margins.
I. 16 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (42.5 x 27.3 cm)
S. 31 1/2 x 22 in. (80 x 55.9 cm)

Signed, dated and inscribed 'I Need Yellow (in Orange) w. crayon and paint' in pencil, additionally signed with initials and dated '7/6/76' in pencil (one of eight 'other impressions', aside from the edition of 29, 5 artist's proofs, 31 trial proofs and 5 working proofs), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York (with their blindstamp), unframed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $7,560

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021