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Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)

The Road to Messina

signed and dated twice 'Frankenthaler 71' (on the overlap)

acrylic on canvas

105 1/2 x 62 1/2 in. (267.9 x 158.7 cm.)

Painted in 1971.

Signature
Signed and dated twice 'Frankenthaler 71' (on the overlap)

Helen Frankenthaler, an integral member of the so-called second wave of Abstract Expressionists, is lauded for her material experimentation. Across her lush canvases, she developed her signature soak-stain technique, in which she applied washes of thinned paint to unprimed canvas. This strategy created vivid, apparently flowing blocks of color and exerted a strong influence on color field painters such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. During her lifetime, Frankenthaler showed extensively in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago, and London, among others. Her work belongs in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In addition to her paintings, Frankenthaler also made ceramics and steel sculptures and maintained an extensive printmaking practice.

High auction record
US$7.9m, Sotheby's, 2020
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Selected exhibitions
2019
PITTURA/PANORAMA Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of AmbiguityHelen Frankenthaler Foundation
Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in ProvincetownHelen Frankenthaler Foundation
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The Road to Messina

Acrylic on canvas
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C
Christie's

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)

The Road to Messina

signed and dated twice 'Frankenthaler …

Signature
Signed and dated twice 'Frankenthaler 71' (on the overlap)

Helen Frankenthaler, an integral member of the so-called second wave of Abstract Expressionists, is lauded for her material experimentation. Across her lush canvases, she developed her signature soak-stain technique, in which she applied washes of thinned paint to unprimed canvas. This strategy created vivid, apparently flowing blocks of color and exerted a strong influence on color field painters such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. During her lifetime, Frankenthaler showed extensively in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago, and London, among others. Her work belongs in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In addition to her paintings, Frankenthaler also made ceramics and steel sculptures and maintained an extensive printmaking practice.

High auction record
US$7.9m, Sotheby's, 2020
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Selected exhibitions (3)

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