Helen Frankenthaler. Trojan Gates. 1955

Helen Frankenthaler Trojan Gates 1955

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Frankenthaler described this painting as part of a series "involved in inner amorphous worlds or depths exploding on the surface and in perspective, and held at points by local blocks of paint." To create this illusion of depth, Frankenthaler thinned her pigments with turpentine so that they would soak directly into the canvas and stain it. She rarely used the color black, but here her technique of stain-painting enables it, in the artist's words, to "act as a color shape, not as black line or 'stable binder.'"

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Oil and enamel on canvas
6' x 48 7/8" (182.9 x 124.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil
Object number
© 2021 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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