HELEN FRANKENTHALER "SOLAR IMP" SCREENPRINT, 2001
One of the most remarkable characteristics of Helen Frankenthaler's impressive career is how during each decade the artist experiments and evolves.
This late-period screenprint is one of her finest and encapsulates many of the best aesthetic attributes in her oeuvre.
"Solar Imp" references Frankenthaler's large-scale acrylic painting of the same name from 1995. A field of yellow frames a soft tangerine rectangle containing mysterious forms. The central pink and green rectangles seem to connect the other forms together, creating an organic effect. The delicacy of the forms and the diaphanous quality of the color fields juxtapose the bold vibrancy of the color choices. This is an excellent example of her passion for printmaking.
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was an avid printmaker. This work, like many in her oeuvre, is remarkably complex and hand-made. Through utilizing over 35 screens, Frankenthaler was able to achieve subtle changes in color intensity. Frankenthaler often employs color in an almost combative way, her palette resists easy harmony and encourages each element of color to vie for the viewer's attention.
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Screenprint in colors on wove paper
Signed and numbered in pencil on the lower right corner
Also signed in the screen
Printed at Brand X Editions, New York
From an edition of 126
39.5”H 30”W (work)
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