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West Wind

Helen Frankenthaler
1997
Screenprint in colors on wove paper
Edition PP 3 of 6
41.6235.88

Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011) was an American painter and printmaker best known for her development of a signature stained painting technique. Her practice served as a bridge between the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s to the Color Field painters of the 1960s, and influenced a generation of New York painters. As a whole, Frankenthaler’s style is almost impossible to broadly characterize. As an active painter for nearly six decades, she went through a variety of phases and stylistic shifts. Initially associated with abstract expressionism, because of her focus on forms latent in nature, Frankenthaler is identified with the use of fluid shapes, abstract masses, and lyrical gestures. She made use of large formats on which she painted, generally, simplified abstract compositions. Her style is notable in its emphasis on spontaneity. In addition to painting, Frankenthaler also made ceramics, welded steel sculptures, and set designs, but the related medium that most attracted her, and in which her achievement came the closest painting, was printmaking, hers counting among the greatest of contemporary works in that medium.

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Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011) was an American painter and printmaker best known for her development of a signature stained painting technique. Her practice served as a bridge between the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s to the Color Field painters of the 1960s, and influenced a generation of New York painters. As a whole, Frankenthaler’s style is almost impossible to broadly characterize. As an active painter for nearly six decades, she went through a variety of phases and stylistic shifts. Initially associated with abstract expressionism, because of her focus on forms latent in nature, Frankenthaler is identified with the use of fluid shapes, abstract masses, and lyrical gestures. She made use of large formats on which she painted, generally, simplified abstract compositions. Her style is notable in its emphasis on spontaneity. In addition to painting, Frankenthaler also made ceramics, welded steel sculptures, and set designs, but the related medium that most attracted her, and in which her achievement came the closest painting, was printmaking, hers counting among the greatest of contemporary works in that medium.

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LANA CARLSON is an international curator who started her career in Paris and St. Petersburg after receiving an education at the Sorbonne and School of Louvre. As founder and director of Modern Art Gallery, Lana has curated numerous exhibitions and participated in art fairs around the world. Lana also curated and produced the first ever state museums exhibitions of Auguste Rodin in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

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