Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Provincetown Window, 1963-64. Acrylic on canvas, 82 3/8 x 81 7/8 inches. Collection of Josh and Beth Friedman. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Tim Pyle, Light Blue Studio, courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York
Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown highlights key examples of Helen Frankenthaler’s work produced during summers spent in that coastal town and underscores their impact on her development as a painter. Beginning with work from the summer of 1950, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue focus on the artist’s output from the late 1950s through 1971. Abstract Climates illuminates Frankenthaler’s exploration of the relationship between landscape and abstraction, and offers new insights into the major role her work played in the development of Abstract Expressionism in America. Co-curated by Lise Motherwell, a stepdaughter of the artist, and Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Smith, the exhibition was on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in the summer of 2018, featuring some 30 paintings and works on paper with additional memorabilia from the artist’s life. At the Parrish, six large-scale paintings not previously included will also be on view.
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