Helen Frankenthaler 1928-2011

In a recent New York Times interview, New York-based art adviser, Kim Heirston, noted that “it took more than 60 years for works by the admired Color Field painter Helen Frankenthaler to break through the $1 million barrier at auction. “Now it takes a nanosecond.”

Frankenthaler’s work had a profound influence on mid-twentieth century art. Her soak stain technique, pouring thinned oil paint on canvas, ushered in Color Field Painting and led to the Minimalist movement.

When acrylic paints were made for artists’ use in 1956, Frankenthaler experimented with acrylics. She found that they delivered bright colors and handled well.

Her work was well received and she began to exhibit at major American and international venues. Her paintings were shown at the Venice Biennale in 1966 and at the United States Pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal.

In the 1960s, Frankenthaler became interested in, and  proficient at, printmaking. Her woodcuts, like Snow Pines, available at VFA, are especially masterful. She continued to create woodcuts and lithographs, inspired by landscapes, through the last years of her life.

Helen Frankenthaler’s works are currently being shown at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida in Tampa, alongside those of LA-based Canadian artist, Heather Gwen Martin.

The Lyrical Moment: Modern and Contemporary Abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler and Heather Gwen Martin will run through July 30, 2022.

Katherine Bernhardt 1975 –

Work by Katherine Bernhardt sold above estimate at the recent Phillips London Summer 2022 Sale. She is one of the artists whose works will be on exhibit at the inaugural Frieze in Seoul, South Korea this September.

Bernhardt’s uniquely bold and colorful works have garnered her international attention.

She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Bernhardt  lived and worked in Brooklyn until 2019, when she returned to her hometown of St. Louis. She bought an auto shop in the downtown area and turned it into a studio and gallery, where she exhibits the works of local artists.

Bernhardt’s works are part of the permanent collection of the High Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Rubell Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and other major museums and galleries around the world.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Katherine Bernhardt or any of the other fine art available at VFA.

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