Jul 5, 2007

Humming Gold

Humming Gold


Helen Frankenthaler

(American, 1928–2011)

Acrylic on canvas

Framed: 208.5 x 277 x 4 cm (82 1/16 x 109 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 205.7 x 274.2 cm (81 x 107 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Dennis Sherwin 2009.294



Though deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Helen Frankenthaler succeeded in developing a visual language which has its very own identity. Her so-called soak-stain technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid 20th century and led to works of impressive transparency and lucidity. In circling around the recurrent themes of spatial ambiguity and landscape, Frankenthaler’s paintings open up a deep, nearly infinite pictorial space. Surrounded by golden color, the dark green, gray, and white form in Humming Gold seems to spring back and forth on the picture plane, floating in a space of uncertain depth. The subtle red line may evoke a horizontal line, giving the viewer an idea about one’s own scale and position in relation to the painting.

See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
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