February 8, 1990 |
Artist Helen Frankenthaler's mystique seems to be partly based on staying out of the limelight. Among art world insiders, she is almost as well known for living a privileged, quiet life on Manhattan's Upper East Side as for her lyrical abstract canvases. But since last June, when Frankenthaler's retrospective exhibition opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, she has been in the public eye almost constantly.
July 23, 1998
* "Celebrating Lithography at 200"--Helen Frankenthaler's "Backwards" (1961), left, is at Cal State Long Beach. * "Outside In: Artists' Furniture in the Out of Doors"--A group show at the Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica. * "The Formation of the Collection of French Decorative Arts"--Curator Gillian Wilson will lecture at the Getty Center tonight.
September 1, 1989
Nathan Kolodner, 38, former president of New York's Gay Men's Health Crisis. As a leading art dealer and director of the Andrew Emmerich Gallery representing such artists as David Hockney and Helen Frankenthaler, Kolodner helped organize a Sotheby's art auction that was the world's first AIDS benefit to raise $1 million. In Manhattan on Monday.
February 24, 1990
Art criticism in The Times raises questions. Among them: Why does not the event of the first retrospective of a living woman artist at LACMA deserve more thoughtful and intelligent treatment? On the rare occasions when The Times reviews an exhibition by a female artist, why do its critics write with such bilious disdain as they have about the exhibitions of Georgia O'Keeffe, Lita Albuquerque and now Helen Frankenthaler? While The Times' art reviews are a minor blip in the history of art criticism, we should read them for their lessons in the techniques of critical intimidation and misogyny.
March 2, 2006 |
Apparently, one 12-year-old visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts doesn't think much of abstract art. The boy stuck a wad of gum to a $1.5-million painting called "The Bay" by Helen Frankenthaler, leaving a stain the size of a quarter, officials said. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, was part of a school group that was visiting the museum last week when officials said he took a piece of gum out of his mouth and stuck it on the 1963 painting.
October 21, 1990
Hans Namuth, 75, still photographer and cinematographer best known for his pictures of American artists, among them Jackson Pollock. His work ranged from photos of the Spanish Civil War to portraits of Guatemalan Indians. Among the major artists he photographed were Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Pollock, whose volatile nature he captured on film.