"Aerie" by Helen Frankenthaler
Unsigned Serigraph printed in 2009 from an edition size of 500.
Size of the Serigraph is 33.5 x 39 inches.
The condition of this piece has been graded as A: Mint.
About the Print
Here is some information about the Serigraph: Exhibition poster from an image by Helen Frankenthaler commemorating the Lincoln Center’s 50th year of existence. Limited to 500 copies, unsigned and not numbered. Printed on heavy cotton wove paper by Brand X in New York City.
About the Artist
American painter and printmaker. Like several of the exponents of Abstract expressionism she was concerned with the forms and energies latent in nature. Extending Pollock's method of painting on unprimed canvases on the floor, she allowed thinner pigments to soak directly into the canvas. This created a closer relationship between image and surface, the weave of the raw canvas being visible within the painted image. The visibility of the canvas beneath the painted surface negated the sense of illusion and depth. It was a device that called attention to both the material and the nature of the medium.
There is a strong sense of technical play in Frankenthaler's works, which are often meditations on the divisions and ambiguities of space. About 1957 she began to explore relationships between linear skeins and small sun-like shapes in serial works. This in turn gave way to single stains and blots. Her next phase involved an expansion of form and the use of richer colours with acrylics. Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s she continued this larger scale of work in a conscious exploration of large abstract forms and their shifting relationship to the framing edge, and she executed sequences of paintings in which she alternately emptied and filled the centre spaces.
Throughout her career Frankenthaler experimented with both form and materials, exhibiting sculpture in the mid 1970s and working with woodcuts and colour printing. In the 1980s her work became calmer, the gesture less energetic, her range of colours more sombre.