Against the grain
the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler
26 November 2005 – 5 February 2006
Helen Frankenthaler 'Freefall' 1993 colour woodcut and stencil, Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
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Against the grain: the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler opens on 26 November at the National Gallery of Australia This exhibition investigates the creative innovation and technical experimentation that lies behind the production of some of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in woodcut. It features a selection of the artist’s woodcuts, working proofs and the carved woodblocks used to create the prints. Frankenthaler was a key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s. She was one of only a handful of women artists who successfully contributed to an artistic territory dominated by such giants as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. Although painting was Frankenthaler’s primary artistic passion an obsession to push her creative limits led her to turn her attention to print media.
Kenneth Tyler, publisher and master printer at the Tyler Graphics print workshops, has played a major role in the success of Frankenthaler’s woodcuts. Since 1973 there has also been a close association between the National Gallery of Australia and Kenneth Tyler. In 2002 the Gallery acquired the Kenneth Tyler Print Archive Collection, consisting of editioned prints, screens and multiples, as well as rare and unique proofs, artist’s drawings and printing elements. Tyler has collaborated with some of the modern greats such as David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg as well as Frankenthaler.
Kenneth Tyler will open the exhibition and launch the comprehensive Helen Frankenthaler website, which includes a virtual tour of Against the grain, commentary by, rare film footage, photographic stills of Frankenthaler at work at Tyler Graphics, and documentation of the works on display on Thursday 24 November at 6pm.
Tyler will also present two workshops; a demonstration of his printmaking techniques followed by a masterclass for experienced printmakers on Saturday 26 November in conjunction with Megalo Access Arts.
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