Over a six-decade career, Helen Frankenthaler spanned several generations of abstract painters, constantly reinventing her process to create work that crossed mediums and challenged conventions.
This exhibition shines a light on her groundbreaking woodcuts, revealing how she had an enormous influence on the printmaking movement and American post-war art. Her speciality was in giving her woodcuts a spontaneous quality, using colour and fluid forms to conceal the complex process each piece required to make.
Her widely recognised masterpiece, Madame Butterfly (2000) is a particular highlight, showing Helen Frankenthaler at her most expressive. The work contains over 100 different colour tones and is a whopping 2 metres long
As an artist Helen Frankenthaler was always experimenting, trying and inventing new techniques. She played a pivotal role in the transition from abstract expressionism to colour field painting, which is characterised by large bursts (or fields) of colour. Her experiments saw her elevated from a leading abstract expressionist to one of the most trailblazing abstract artists of the 20th century.