The story of the post-WWII New York School painters is still being written, with the story of the female artists of that era still underappreciated. A well-timed show at the Denver Art Museum this past summer explored the contribution of the "Women of Abstract Expressionism," such as Elaine DeKooning, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan, Perle Fine and others. One of the last living members of that group is Amaranth Ehrenhalt.
Ehrenhalt journeyed to Paris after the war and settled there as an expatriate artist for the next fifty-odd years. Le Select Cafe was the place where artists and cognoscenti met. There she met the noted German artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, with whom she became lovers. There Ehrenhalt met Beauford Delaney and Yves Klein, among others. There she befriended Giacometti. And there she exhibited with, among others, Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis.
Ehrenhalt's work on canvas, in tapestry or in sculpture reveals a fluid sense of ease and a breadth of mastery as she pursues her own lyrical vision of abstraction over time. Like any great artist, she is always experimenting and, often simultaneously, moving back to familiar themes.
We are particularly attracted to her watercolors and gouaches. Lawrence Fine Art will often an on-line only exhibition of her works on paper for sale composed over a period of 50-60 years. To see a half-century of her work in this medium is to see consummate accomplishment.
The works will be available for viewing and sale on Artsy.net here. The exhibition opens January 18th and closes February 15.