Helen Frankenthaler's Creative Process

Helen Frankenthaler's Creative Process


September 23, 2017

3:30 PM-4:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Jay A. Clarke, curator of No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts, joins artist Clifford Ross and Olivier Meslay, Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark, for a public conversation. The panel focuses on Helen Frankenthaler’s creative process, methods, and materials, as well as public reception of the artist’s works.

Speakers discuss Frankenthaler's dynamic in the art-making process by looking at her painting and print-making methods and how the results, whether she was alone in the studio or surrounded by collaborators, pushed the limits of a given medium. Frankenthaler was a student of art history and was deeply affected by the art of the past; as such, panelists consider the works of artists such as J.M.W. Turner and Piero della Francesca—both represented in the Clark collection—which neatly represent the opposing elements of Frankenthaler’s art and process. Methods, predecessors, and interpretation will all be discussed as they relate to Frankenthaler’s critical reception during her lifetime and after.

Reserved seating is available for members of the Clark Society. To make a reservation or to find out more about the Clark Society, call 413 458 0674 or e-mail [email protected].

About Clifford Ross
Born in New York City, Ross earned a BA in Art and Art History from Yale University in 1974. Following an early career in painting and sculpture, Ross began his photographic work in 1994. A major milestone in his work is the Hurricane series, begun in 1996. The large-scale, black-and-white images depict dramatic ocean waves shot by Ross during hurricanes while in the water and tethered to an assistant on land.

His recent collaborations include a multimedia installation with Pan Gongkai, president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, a site-specific, multi-screen production with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Celebrate Brooklyn!, and a 3.5 ton, 28' x 28' stained glass wall with architects Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam for the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas.
Ross is a contributing editor for BOMB magazine and serves as chair of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.