HELEN FRANKENTHALER "FLIRT" SCREENPRINT, 1995
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is one of the most revered and influential abstract painters of the 20th century in addition to being one of the most successful and collected female artists.
Frankenthaler was a key player in the evolution of Abstract Expressionism. Elaborating on techniques made famous by Jackson Pollock, specifically pouring paint directly onto (frequently) unprimed canvas, Frankenthaler led the next major movement in American abstraction: Color Field painting.
The artist was a prolific and experimental printmaker. She worked with lithography, etchings, woodcuts, and screenprints. This work, like many in her oeuvre, was created through an elaborate process using several different printmaking techniques.
"Flirt" references Frankenthaler's large-scale painting of the same name from 1995.
A field of blush pink sweeps the surface of the work, anchoring a group of bold, gestural forms that ripple through the center of the sheet. The work is framed by a powder blue border, further enhancing the dreamy, ethereal quality that this piece evokes.
The delicacy of the forms and the diaphanous quality of the color fields are signature Frankenthaler, serving as an excellent example of her passion for printmaking.
Frankenthaler has exhibited internationally and is represented in numerous major collections including the MoMA (New York), the Tate (London), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington).
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Titled and numbered AP by the artist (along with various notations)
Signed in the plate
39.5”W 30”H (work)
33.5"H 46.25"W (framed)
Minor wear to frame
Printed at Brand X Editions, New York
Published by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York
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