DETAIL: Helen FRANKENTHALER Freefall 1993 colour woodcut Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
 
 

Against the grain
the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler

Helen 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.

At the age of 23 Frankenthaler ‘broke through’ with the development of a subtle and lyrical form of Abstract Expressionism that set her apart from her contemporaries. Since then Frankenthaler has maintained an innovative edge. In particular, she has experimented with the woodcut producing works of rare and exceptional beauty.

Against the grain will feature a selection of woodcuts which are notable for their scale, colour and textural qualities, along with printmaking elements used to make them. The works are all drawn from the Kenneth Tyler Print Collection.

Against the grain : the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler is open from 26 November – 5 February 2006

DETAIL: Helen FRANKENTHALER Freefall 1993 colour woodcut Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002

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