Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003

Solar Imp
 Solar Imp, 1995, Acrylic on paper, 78 x 59 3/4 in., © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003

Stitzer Family Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003 will be the first museum presentation dedicated to the exploration of works from Helen Frankenthaler’s late life, featuring approximately 22 works on paper dating from 1990 to 2003—some measuring over 6 feet. The exhibition is curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné and Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with loans from the collection of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Read more.

Artist Bio

Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Read more.

Related Programming

Virtual Gallery Talk with Douglas Dreishpoon | Still Striking: Creativity and Aging 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

How does creativity accommodate age? For any artist (painter, sculptor, musician, writer, dancer), what are the benefits of growing old, when your body and mind begin to occupy alternate spaces? How does one adapt to these changes? How does one’s place in the cycle of life affect what one does and how one does it? How does aging influence one’s aesthetic disposition? How does a creative individual—in a word—persist?

Douglas Dreishpoon will give a virtual slide lecture addressing these questions followed by Q&A. Watch now.

Virtual Opening Reception
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Marking the debut of Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990-2003 enjoy this virtual reception with opening marks provided by NBMAA Director & CEO Min Jung Kim accompanied by Douglas Dreishpoon. Watch now.

ColorFields Outdoors Performance on Museum Grounds
Thursday, May 13, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., 6-7 p.m.

In partnership with the Judy Dworin Performance Project, and the Frankenthaler Foundation the NBMAA will present ColorFields, inspired by the late work of abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler.  Register.


Helen Frankenthaler Late Works, 1990–2003 is part of 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA presented by Stanley Black and Decker with additional support provided by Bank of America.

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Special Exhibition Fund donors, including John N. Howard, Sylvia Bonney, and The Aeroflex Foundation. We also gratefully acknowledge the funding of Marian and Russell Burke and Carolyn and Elliot Joseph.

This exhibition is also made possible by The Chase Family Foundations and the Bailey Fund for Special Exhibitions.

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