Helen Frankenthaler. Mauve District. 1966

Helen Frankenthaler

Mauve District

1966

Medium
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
8' 7" x 7' 11" (261.5 x 241.2 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Donald B. Straus Fund
Object number
2668.1967
Copyright
© 2017 Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Helen Frankenthaler has 63 works online.
There are 2,314 paintings online.

In 1969 Frankenthaler wrote of Mauve District, "It relates to a theme which appears on-and-off, of pictures that often have one central vast shape, district, or territory; in this case, the shape itself (a square) is a play on the very shape of the canvas." The artists delight in spatial play is also evident in the wedge of exposed raw canvasa common motif in her work. Although it is a negative space, it also conjures the edge of a tilted square a form that can be perceived as either advancing or receding in relation to the mauve square it borders. "I have always been concerned with painting that simultaneously insists on a flat surface and then denies it," Frankenthaler has said.

Gallery label from 2009

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