HELEN FRANKENTHALER

“I am an artist of paint, making discoveries”

In 1950, Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011), fresh out of Bennington College, was thrown by Clement Greenberg into the virile, competitive maelstrom of Abstract Expressionism in its prime years. Not only did the 25-year old show she could hold her own ground, within two years, she produced a breakthrough work, Mountains and Sea,that was held to be the first substantial picture in a style that grew out of the New York School, but broke new ground as well.

Although she had moved the debate forward, Frankenthaler was nevertheless constantly characterized in subordinate or retrospective terms. She was the designated “heir” to Jackson Pollock’s dripped and poured legacy and she was charged with maintaining the abstraction revolution, the irony of which, one imagines, was not lost on the young artist.

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ANDY WARHOL’S BIRTHDAY

Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

—Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)

Andy Warhol was born on 6 August 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA. Tomorrow would have been his 86th birthday, had he not died while undergoing gall bladder surgery in New York City on 27 February 1987. On his 6 August 1945, his 17th birthday, the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima; from that point onward he thought of “A-Bomb” as his cypher.

I have lots of Warhol images, film clips, quotations and reminiscence for you tomorrow so be sure to drop in.

FIVE ARTISTS WHO DO NOT FEAR COLOR IV: Ellsworth Kelly

THE PALETTE IS THE PLANE: ELLSWORTH KELLY American, b. 1923)

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