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Helen Frankenthaler

Arnold Newman, American, (March 3, 1918–June 6, 2006)

Creation date: 1989
Creation place: United States

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Type: Photographic prints
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Jordan Finn
Accession Number: 2008.36
Dimensions: 10 1/8 in. x 12 1/4 in. (25.72 cm x 31.12 cm)


Jordan Finn, Houston, Texas ( - March 17, 2008)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (March 17, 2008 - )

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October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections & Exhibitions
Arnold Newman
American • 1918–2006
Helen Frankenthaler
Gelatin silver print • 1989
Frankenthaler (1928–2011) was a New York artist whose teachers included Rufino Tamayo and Hans Hoffmann. She is perhaps best known for her development of Color Stain Painting, a technique initially influenced by Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. Pouring diluted acrylic paint over canvases laid on the floor, Frankenthaler created diaphanous patches of color that seem to float on the surface and vaguely evoke ethereal landscapes. Newman photographed Frankenthaler in her studio posed within an abstract composition of light and dark dominated by one of her canvases in the right foreground and juxtaposed against the light areas of walls and floor.
Gift of Jordan Finn
Last Updated: 12/10/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Newman in Context , 6/29/2013 - 9/8/2013

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

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