Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler, 1928 - 2011

The art world mourns the loss of Helen Frankenthaler who died at her home in Darien, Ct. on December 27, 2011.

Frankenthaler, a second generation abstract expressionist and is perhaps the best know female artist of her generation. She pioneered a technique that became know as the stain technique. She would later be considered a color field painter.

Her early influences included Hans Hoffman and Jackson Pollock. She attended Bennington College and after graduation made her way to New York. There she met art critic Clement Greenberg. Her relationship with Greenberg gave a boost to her career and introduced her to heavy hitters of the abstract movement and the New York art scene. She counted David Smith, Franz Kline and Willem and Elaine DeKooning among her friends. In 1958 she married Robert Motherwell.

Helen Frankenthaler has long been one of my favorite artists. We are all blessed to have had her share her talent with the rest of us.

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