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Helen Frankenthaler

Andre Emmerich Gallery

No one can make you thrill to the sight of a thin yellow line meandering across the bottom of a canvas or warm to a broad spot of white placed smack in the center of a composition like Helen Frankenthaler. An artist whose dedication to her own vision is well-known, Frankenthaler has built her career on the firmest foundation, that of commitment. Since the early ’50s, when she distinguished herself among the younger generation of New York School painters, she has never gone back on her initial enthusiasms. Continuity rather than radical change has been the basis of her work. While her style has become familiar, it is also full of surprises, as this show of new works demonstrates.

Frankenthaler, in her latest paintings, offers what amounts to a primer on the visual dynamics of abstract painting. She knows how to paint a surface so that it teems with evocative potential. While her paintings

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