Clark Society Frankenthaler Preview in New York

Clark Society Frankenthaler Preview in New York


May 18, 2017

6:30 PM-8:30 PM


Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
134 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York

In anticipation of two important exhibitions featuring the work of Helen Frankenthaler at the Clark in summer 2017, guest curator Alexandra Schwartz and the Clark’s Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke discuss the artist’s six-decade career as a painter and printmaker.

As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings (July 1–October 9) is presented in Tadao Ando-designed galleries at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. The canvases in the exhibition, selected by Schwartz from the collection of William Louis-Dreyfus, with loans from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, are luminous, color-washed, and expansive in scale—one measuring more than twenty-one feet long. They reveal nature as an inspiration throughout the artist’s career.

No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts (July 1–September 24), on view in the Manton Research Center’s Eugene V. Thaw Gallery, represents a return to the Clark of the artist’s graphics. The first-ever museum show of Frankenthaler prints was presented at the Clark in 1980, after the artist served as artist-in-residence at Williams College. The Clark’s 2017 exhibition, co-curated by Manton Curator of Prints, Photographs, and Drawings Jay A. Clarke and graduate student Lucas Matheson, explores how Frankenthaler pushed the medium of the woodcut in new directions.

A reception hosted by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation with Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Olivier Meslay, exhibition curators, and key staff from the Foundation follows.

Reservations required. Call 413 458 0425 or email [email protected].

As in Nature and No Rules are made possible by the generous contributions of Denise Littlefield Sobel and the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Major support is provided by Dena and Felda Hardymon, with additional support from Richard and Carol Seltzer.


Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Milkwood Arcade, 1963. Acrylic on canvas, 86 1/2 x 80 3/4 in. Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York