Helen Frankenthaler: Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959

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Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the 20th century. This beautifully illustrated new book devoted to Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1950s brings together nearly 30 paintings, including important works from Frankenthaler’s estate. A new essay by John Elderfield and important historical texts by the poet and art critic Frank O’Hara (1960) and former Rose Art Museum director Carl Belz (1981) shed light on the work, and a new, full chronology of ...
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Overview


Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the 20th century. This beautifully illustrated new book devoted to Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1950s brings together nearly 30 paintings, including important works from Frankenthaler’s estate. A new essay by John Elderfield and important historical texts by the poet and art critic Frank O’Hara (1960) and former Rose Art Museum director Carl Belz (1981) shed light on the work, and a new, full chronology of Frankenthaler’s life and work in the 1950s draws upon previously inaccessible archival sources and includes a number of never-before-seen documentary images. Published to accompany an exhibition held at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in Spring 2013, this lavish volume is the first to be published since this acclaimed abstract painter’s death. Praise for Helen Frankenthaler: Painted on 21st Street:

“Ravishing reproductions.” —Bookforum
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/12/2013
Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) came to New York City in 1949 at age 21 and created many of her most original paintings in the 1950s, in a studio on East 21st Street. This handsome book includes many superb reproductions of her paintings from the period and follows Gagosian Gallery’s spring 2013 exhibition of her ’50s work—the first time these paintings had been shown together in more than 40 years. An informative and thoughtful essay by Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, introduces the collection, convincingly arguing that it’s crucial to go beyond painter Morris Louis’s description of Frankenthaler as “a bridge between Pollock and what was possible”; we must instead view her work as “its own destination,” he writes. A detailed, revealing, and richly illustrated chronology of Frankenthaler’s work from 1950–1959 prefaces the book’s most splendid section: 15 exquisite color reproductions of drawings and paintings that reveal the potency of her artistic imagination in color and form. Included are essays by Frank O’Hara and Carl Belz, who describes Frankenthaler’s 1950s paintings as exceptional and transcendent in quality. This beautiful, highly informative book will be of interest to both academics and general art enthusiasts. 104 illus. and 29 large color plates. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419710612
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 453,449
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Elderfield is chief curator emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a consultant at Gagosian Gallery. He is the author of many important books and of the principal monograph on Frankenthaler.
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