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“Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium” at AIC

" First Stone," 1961, Helen Frankenthaler, Printed by Robert Blackburn, published by Universal Limited Art Editions ULAE Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; restricted gift of supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund.
(© 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), West Islip, New York.)

Forget what you know about Helen Frankenthaler’s artwork, as a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago throws light on a lesser known body of print work by the artist. Considered to be one of the most notable figures among American abstract artists, Frankenthaler is celebrated in “Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium” until September 3, 2018.

Drawn from the institute’s rich holdings of Frankenthaler’s prints, the exhibition showcases 50 works on paper,  including never-before-featured proofs, and some significant but rare loans from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

"The exhibition invites audiences to explore how Frankenthaler continually pushed boundaries in her work and, enchanted with what she called “the romance of a new medium,” developed innovative printmaking techniques at a time when few of her contemporaries were doing so, the museum says.

Curator of Prints and Drawings, Kevin Salatino said, “we are thrilled to present this lesser-known but integral part of Helen Frankenthaler’s oeuvre. It’s an important opportunity to expand our audiences’ understanding of her influential work and more deeply connect them to her working methods, the behind-the-scenes evolution of her images from initial ideas to final published editions, and her unwavering passion for printmaking.”

“The Foundation is extremely pleased that its loans help strengthen the Art Institute’s already expansive presentation of Frankenthaler’s body of work in prints made with ULAE. Such an in-depth treatment richly reveals the scope of and nuances in her experimental approaches to printmaking techniques over nearly two decades," added Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Frankenthaler is best known for the bold canvases awash in vibrant hues that she started making in the early 1950s using her signature “soak stain” technique. This exhibition tells the powerful story of Frankenthaler’s mission to redefine the medium of printmaking, and expands the rich narrative of her monumental body of work that has, and continues to have, a profound impact on contemporary art and artists.

The exhibition will be on view through September 3, 2018, at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA.

For details, visit: http://www.artic.edu/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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