Helen Frankenthaler, East and Beyond

Woodcuts 1973-77

January 11 – February 9, 2008

Helen Frankenthaler
Essence Mulberry State I, 1977
Woodcut printed in colors
On gray Maniai Gampi clay-coated handmade paper
39 3/8 x 18 ½ inches
Edition of 10

Helen Frankenthaler
Trial proof 19
Proof relating to Essence Mulberry, 1977
Woodcut
39 ½ x 9 ½ inches

Helen Frankenthaler
Trial proof 2
Proof relating to Essence Mulberry, 1977
Woodcut
39 ½ x 18 ½ inches
 

Helen Frankenthaler
Trial proof 20
Proof relating to Essence Mulberry, 1977
Woodcut
18 ½ x 9 ½ inches

Helen Frankenthalet
Essence Mulberry, 1977
Woodcut printed in eight colors from four blocks
On buff Maniai Gampi handmade paper
39 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Edition of 46
 

Helen Frankenthaler
Vineyard Storm, 1974-77
Woodprinted in four colors from four lauan mahogany plywood blocks in burgundy, brown (two blocks), and lime green
On buff laminated Nepalese handmade paper
31 ½ x 27 inches
Edition of 4

 

Helen Frankenthaler
Savage Breeze, 1974
Woodcut printed in eight colors from eight lauan mahogany plywood blocks in white, burgundy, dark burgundy, lime green (two blocks), yellow, orange, and dark green
On buff laminated Nepalese handmade paper
31 ½ x 27 inches
Edition of 31
 

Helen Frankenthaler
East and Beyond, 1973
Woodcut printed in eight colors from eight lauan mahogany plywood blocks in red (two blocks), orange-beige, purple, orange, green, yellow and blue
On buff laminated Nepalese handmade paper
31 ½ x 21 ½ inches
Edition of 18
 

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Helen Frankenthaler East and Beyond: Woodcuts 1973-77, which runs from January 11 to February 9.

Helen Frankenthaler, aside from being one of the most important American painters of the 20th century, produced an extraordinary set of woodcuts in the 1970’s that approached woodcut, the oldest form of printmaking, in new and innovative ways, and in the process sparked a revival in woodblock printing amongst her contemporaries.

These works are characterized by a warm, organic quality, imbued with rich colors. Of particular note are the various handmade Nepalese and Japanese papers, whose texture and sheen compliment the printed images. Frankenthaler’s earliest woodcuts, East and Beyond and Vineyard Storm are graphic in nature, exploiting the woodcut process by emphasizing the wood’s grain and crisp, vividly colorful shapes. Essence Mulberry and Essence Mulberry State I are more complex compositions featuring rich burgundy hues inspired by mulberry juice with layers of translucent inks that create extraordinary depth and richness. Many of the works carry a taste of the East, from compositions hinting at Japanese landscapes or hanging scrolls to calligraphic lines overlaid on their surface.

This exhibition also features rarely exhibited proofs from the artist’s personal collection, which document Frankenthaler’s boldly creative and meticulous artistic process.