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Helen Frankenthaler, American artist. Trustee Bennington College, since 1967. Member National Education Association, American Academy (vice-chancelor 1991), American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Council Arts, National Institute Arts and Letters.

Background

Frankenthaler, Helen was born on December 12, 1928 in New York City. Daughter of Alfred and Martha (Lowenstein) Frankenthaler.

Education

Bachelor, Bennington College, 1949. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Skidmore College, 1969. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hofstra University, 1991.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Smith College, 1973. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Moore College Art, 1974. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Bard College, 1976.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), New York University, 1979. Doctor of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College Art, 1980. Doctor of Fine Arts, Williams College, 1980.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Marymount Manhattan College, 1989. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Adelphi University, 1989. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Washington University, St. Louis, 1989.

DArt, Radcliffe College, 1978. DArt, Amherst College, 1979. DArt (honorary), Harvard University, 1980.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Yale University, 1981. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Brandeis University, 1982. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Hartford, 1983.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Syracuse University, 1985. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Dartmouth College, 1994. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Parsons School Design, 1996.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1996. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School Design, 1996. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Tufts University, 1998.

Career

Teacher, lecturer Yale University, 1966, 67, 70, Hunter College, 1970, Princeton University, 1971, Cooper Union, New York City, 1972, Washington University School Fine Arts, 1972, Skidmore College, 1973, Swathmore College, 1974, Drew University, 1975, Harvard, 1976, Radcliffe College, 1976, Bard College, 1977, Detroit Institute Arts, 1977, New York University, University Pennsylvania, School Visual Arts, Goucher College, Washington University, Yale Graduate School, University Arizona, 1978, Graphic Arts Council New York, 1979, Harvard University, 1980, Philadelphia College, 1980, Williams College, 1980, Yale University, 1981, Brandeis University, 1982, University of Hartford, 1983, Syracuse University, 1985, Sante Fe Institute Fine Arts, 1986, 90, 91. United States representative Venice Biennale, 1966, lecturer in field.

Works

  • painting

    • Reflections III

    • Provincetown

    • All About Blue

    • Air Frame

    • East and Beyond

    • Leveling

    • Bilbao

    • Orange Downpour

    • Frankenthaler Preview

    • Pendulum

    • Ganymede

    • Madam Butterfly

    • Mauve District

    • What Red Lines Can Do

    • Sanguine Mood

    • Swan Lake #2

    • Cameo

    • Round Trip

    • Gateway

    • Moving Day

    • August Deep

    • Where Necessary

    • Untitled

    • The Other Side of the Moon

    • Beginnings

    • Contentment Island

    • Acres

    • Untitled

    • A Green Thought in a Green Shade

    • Flirt

    • Untitled

    • Harvest

    • Mountains and Sea

    • Soho Dreams

    • Only Orange

    • Bridges

    • Living Edge

    • Black-Eyed Susan

    • Persian Garden

    • Untitled

    • Tales of Genji III

    • Reflections V

    • Corot's Mark

    • Painted on 21st Street

    • Playa

    • Variation II on Mauve Corner

    • Free Wheeling

    • Solar Imp

    • Seascape with Dunes

    • Glow II

    • West Wind

    • Distillation

    • Indian Summer

    • Basque Beach

    • Sunshine After Rain

    • Skywriting

    • Wind Directions

    • Dream Walk

    • Untitled

    • Connected By Joy

    • Sun Corner

    • Making Music

    • Monotype I

    • Yellow Jack

    • Blue Atmosphere III

    • Flotilla

    • Ponti

    • Weather Change

    • Yearning

    • The Red Sea

    • Pranzo Italiano

    • Reflections VIII

    • Grey Fireworks

    • Summer Insignia

    • Cedar Hill

    • Summerscene, Provincetown

    • Tales of Genji IV

    • Seeing the Moon on a Hot Summer Day

    • Buddha's Court

    • Southern Exposure

    • Tales of Genji VI

    • Santa Fe II

    • Small's Paradise

    • Paris Review

    • Coral Wedge

    • Earliness

    • Tutti-Fruitti

    • Untitled

    • Untitled

    • Viewpoint II

    • Untitled

    • Eve

    • Bronze Smoke

    • Côte d'Argent

    • Guadalupe

    • Bullseye

    • Adirondacks

    • Captain's Watch

    • Royal Fireworks

    • Untitled

    • Nepenthe

    • Untitled

    • In on Blue

    • Tuscany

    • Interior Landscape

    • Tahiti

    • Untitled

    • April IV

    • Reflections IV

    • Harbinger

    • Dawn Stroke

    • Robinson's Wrap

    • Plaza Real

    • Saturn Revisited

    • Untitled

    • Deep Sun

    • Freefall

    • Untitled

    • Radius

    • White Portal

    • Reflections IX

    • Mary, Mary

    • Shoreline

    • Untitled

    • Tales of Genji I

    • Blessing of the Fleet

    • Thanksgiving Day

    • Boulevard

    • New York III

    • Square One

    • Green Likes Mauve

    • Aerie

    • Springscape

    • Interior

    • Blue Form in a Scene

    • Reflections I

    • May 26th Backwards

    • Snow Pines

    • Desert Pass

    • A Little Zen

Membership

Trustee Bennington College, since 1967. Member National Education Association, American Academy (vice-chancelor 1991), American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Council Arts, National Institute Arts and Letters.

Connections

Married Robert Motherwell, April 5, 1958 (divorced). Married Stephen DuBrul, Junior, July 1994.

father:
Alfred Frankenthaler

mother:
Martha (Lowenstein) Frankenthaler

spouses:
Robert Motherwell

Stephen DuBrul