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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Imagining Landscapes: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1976

June 17 – Sept 18, 2021
6–24 Britannia Street London WC1X 9JD

“My pictures are full of climates, abstract climates,” said Helen Frankenthaler, “not nature per se, but a feeling.” A great American artist, Frankenthaler rose to prominence during the 1950s, breaking through to her soak-stain technique with the 1952 painting Mountains and Sea. An important abstract expressionist, Frankenthaler’s art was not as thematic or sequential as that of her peers. She often evoked elements of landscape and figuration, hailing the volatility of the physical universe. In this exhibition at Gagosian, the earliest work dates to 1952 (pre Mountains and Sea), while 13 others span later decades. The gradual replacement of lines with lush stained color is fascinating. —E.C.

Helen Frankenthaler, “Fable,” 1961 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London. Photo: Robert McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

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