HELEN FRANKENTHALER "RED LINES" SCREENPRINT, 1970
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 is credited with the evolution (or demise) of Abstract Expressionism. Elaborating on techniques made famous by Jackson Pollock, specifically pouring paint directly on to (frequently) unprimed canvas, Frankenthaler was the driving force of the next major movement in American abstraction: Color Field painting.
Frankenthaler had a tremendous influence on numerous artists of her generation and their successors including Kenneth Noland, Morris Lewis and Jules Olitski to mention a few.
Frankenthaler was married to fellow painter Robert Motherwell from 1958-1971. Not surprisingly during this period of just over a decade both artists immersed themselves in experimental printmaking. Frankenthaler tried and completed lithography, etchings, woodcuts and screenprints.
This screenprint is a fantastic example of her work; reminding of her mastery of negative space, her use of color and shapes that may or may not be sexualized. As an artist Frankenthaler had a curious relationship to color; at times her palettes are cohesive, others discordant and even confusing. We love this work for its simplicity - yet its conveys many of the characteristics found in her largest and most impressive canvases.
This work can be found in the permanent collection of the MoMA (New York City).
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"What Red Lines Can Do"
Signed, numbered and dated '70 by the artist.
From an edition of 75
38.5"H 26"W (work)
Very good condition.
Literature: Harrison 24
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