Frases de Helen Frankenthaler

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Helen Frankenthaler

Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Diciembre 1928
Fecha de muerte: 27. Diciembre 2011

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Helen Frankenthaler [1]​ fue una pintora expresionista abstracta estadounidense. Recibió la influencia de la obra de Jackson Pollock y de Clement Greenberg con quien también se vio involucrada en el Movimiento de Arte Abstracto de 1946-1960. Era la hija menor de un magistrado del tribunal supremo del estado de Nueva York. Estudió en la Escuela Dalton con Rufino Tamayo y también en el Bennington College de Vermont. Más tarde se casó con el también pintor Robert Motherwell.

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Frases Helen Frankenthaler

„When I say gesture, my gesture, I mean what my mark is... It is a struggle for me to both discard and retain what is gestural and personal, Signature....'Gesture' must appear out of necessity, not habit.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote in: 'An interview with Helen Frankenthaler', by Geldzahler, The New York school – the painters & sculptors of the fifties Irving Sandler, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978, p. 67 Frankenthaler explains the difference between gesture and signature in her painting

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„The picture developed – bit by bit while I was working on it – into shapes symbolic of an exuberant figure and ladder.... therefore: 'Jacob's Ladder' [= the title of the painting she made in 1966].“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote on the birth of a title of her art-work 'Jacob's Ladder'; from: MoMA Highlights, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published in 1999, p. 219 http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=78722

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„I have always been concerned with painting that simultaneously insists on a flat surface and then denies it.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote from 'The collection', MOMA, online 1 http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=80139

„.. [from Pollock Helen took over] the concern with line, fluid line, calligraphy, and.... experiments with line not as line but as shape.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote from MoMA Highlights, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published in 1999, p. 219 http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=78722

„For me, being a 'lady painter' was never an issue. I don't resent being a female painter. I don't exploit it. I paint.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Quote by John Gruen, in 'The Party's Over Now: Reminiscences of the fifties — New York's artists, writers, musicians, and their friends'; Viking Press, 1972 - ISBN 0-916366-54-5; as cited by by Grace Glueck, in 'New York Times', 2011

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„We went around the room together, And he Clement Greenberg finally let me know that he thought my picture was the worst one in the show.. [she laughs]. At the same time he took my phone number.“

—  Helen Frankenthaler
Greenberg visited her early show early 1950, Frankenthaler was asked to organize a benefit show of paintings by Bennington alumnae

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