Helen Frankenthaler

1928 - 2011 · United States

Artist biography

Helen Frankenthaler was a creative artist, who was born in the United States. Helen Frankenthaler was born in 1928 and died in 2011. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Helen Frankenthaler's work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of those galleries are Bernard Jacobson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as LX Arts and Crown Point Press in the United States. Helen Frankenthaler's work has most recently been exhibited at Crown Point Press in San Francisco (08 January 2020 until 06 March 2020) with the exhibition Crown Point Press in the ’80s. Helen Frankenthaler's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; La Musée (11 March 2020 - 24 April 2020) at Galerie Italienne in Paris and Post-War and Contemporary Highlights (01 January 2020 - 24 January 2020) at Mnuchin Gallery in New York. Helen Frankenthaler's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called After Abstract Expressionism, 1959–1962 and took place at Gagosian | Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the United States from the 09 June 2017 to 16 September 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most important art centre worldwide. Leading art movements developed and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Helen Frankenthaler

Born in 1928, Helen Frankenthaler was primarily inspired by the 1950s growing up. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Helen Frankenthaler

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