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Helen Frankenthaler

Data de nascimento: 12. Dezembro 1928
Data de falecimento: 27. Dezembro 2011


Helen Frankenthaler foi uma pintora dos Estados Unidos da América.

A artista frequentou a Dalton School em Nova Iorque e mais tarde o Bennington College em Bennington, Vermont. Regressando a Nova Iorque, estudou com Hans Hofmann.

Em 1958 casou com o pintor Robert Motherwell.

Frankenthaler era membro da American Academy of Arts and Letters

A artista era conectada com conceitos e movimentos artísticos designados por Color-field, embora por vezes se assemelhe ao Expressionismo abstracto.

Citações Helen Frankenthaler

„When I say gesture, my gesture, I mean what my mark is... It is a struggle for me to both discard and retain what is gestural and personal, Signature....'Gesture' must appear out of necessity, not habit.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote in: 'An interview with Helen Frankenthaler', by Geldzahler, The New York school – the painters & sculptors of the fifties Irving Sandler, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978, p. 67 Frankenthaler explains the difference between gesture and signature in her painting


„The picture developed – bit by bit while I was working on it – into shapes symbolic of an exuberant figure and ladder.... therefore: 'Jacob's Ladder' [= the title of the painting she made in 1966].“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote on the birth of a title of her art-work 'Jacob's Ladder'; from: MoMA Highlights, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published in 1999, p. 219


„I have always been concerned with painting that simultaneously insists on a flat surface and then denies it.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote from 'The collection', MOMA, online 1

„.. [from Pollock Helen took over] the concern with line, fluid line, calligraphy, and.... experiments with line not as line but as shape.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote from MoMA Highlights, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published in 1999, p. 219

„For me, being a 'lady painter' was never an issue. I don't resent being a female painter. I don't exploit it. I paint.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote by John Gruen, in 'The Party's Over Now: Reminiscences of the fifties — New York's artists, writers, musicians, and their friends'; Viking Press, 1972 - ISBN 0-916366-54-5; as cited by by Grace Glueck, in 'New York Times', 2011


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