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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Helen Frankenthaler



Helen Frankenthaler died today-strange how I was looking at these wonderful photographs very early this morning - she's in her studio, in 1957, painting with her slippers, and with her hands.




2 comments:

Daydreamer said...

Amy, I am SO NOT a Modernist.... I have to confess that I had to look her up in Wiki.....
She looks So Totally absorbed in what she is doing in those pictures... Dancing a Dance of the whirling Dervishes... to the vision in her mind... I sometimes think it is that Purity of Focus that makes Art... ANY Art... Shine and BE art.
I can't help but wonder if she Always painted this way?

Amy said...

She's best known for layers and washes and transparencies, how she brought air and light into abstract expressionism. I don't want to say she feminized a movement that was generally a boy's club, because I always think it's better to say she represented herself than a whole list of gender stereotypes. But because she did work this way she was often dismissed for making work that was too pretty. That opinion passed, thankfully. I love how her whole body is working with her mind here, not just her shoulder and her arm and wrist and hand-it's a dance, with bedroom slippers.