Helen Frankenthaler
American artist



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Helen Frankenthaler
American artist
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Helen Frankenthaler was one strong artist; a woman among a group of male artists in New York City in the 50's, who shaped an influential artistic movement, namely painting on raw canvas.

She married painter Robert Motherwell in 1958. They lived in Manhattan and together they loved to entertain and often threw dinner parties for other artists like British sculptor Anthony Caro, and David Smith.
Frankenthaler was born on December 12, 1928, came from a well-to-do family and was the youngest of three sisters. In early childhood, Helen took pleasure in dealing with paint, she would stand on a chair, drip nail polish into a sink full of water and watch it flow.
Helen Frankenthaler had a passion for dancing. She was lucky to attend a 1985 White House dinner in honor of the Prince and Princess of Wales where she was swept off of her feet by the fast stepper, John Travolta. Helen didn't recognize Travolta that night but said later, "I'd waited a lifetime for a dance like this. He was great!"
Frankenthaler gained her fame after a major retrospective in the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 and was inspirational to many young American painters.
Freedom and spontaneity with the canvas was the only 'formula' she followed.
Frankenthaler died in her Connecticut home, at 83 in 2003.

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Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. Frankenthaler began exhibiting her large-scale abstract expressionist paintings in contemporary museums and galleries in the early 1950s. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting that came to be known as Color Field. Born in Manhattan, she was influenced by Greenberg, Hans Hofmann, and Jackson Pollock's paintings. Her work has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, including a 1989 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and been exhibited worldwide since the 1950s. In 2001, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Frankenthaler had a home and studio in Darien, Connecticut.

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