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The Art of Marriage

Frankenthaler & Motherwell
October 30 - December 14, 2019

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Art Works

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1958 mixed media and...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1958

mixed media and collage on paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1958 mixed media on p...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1958

mixed media on paper

12 x 8 1/2 inches (30.5 x 21.6 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Diary of a Painter 1958 oil and...

Robert Motherwell

Diary of a Painter

1958

oil and charcoal on canvas

70 1/4 x 99 1/2 inches (178.4 x 252.7 cm)

Robert Motherwell Afternoon in Barcelona 1958 acry...

Robert Motherwell

Afternoon in Barcelona

1958

acrylic and oil on canvas

54 x 73 inches (137.2 x 185.4 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Hein, Ma Vie?  1958 oil and...

Robert Motherwell

Hein, Ma Vie? 

1958

oil and pasted papers on industrial corrugated cardboard

21 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches (54.6 x 42.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Untitled 1958 mixed media collag...

Robert Motherwell

Untitled

1958

mixed media collage on paper

14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (36.2 x 28.6 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Courtyard of El Greco's Ho...

Helen Frankenthaler

Courtyard of El Greco's House

1959

oil on canvas

45 3/4 x 60 1/2 inches (116.2 x 153.7 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler New Year Greeting December 195...

Helen Frankenthaler

New Year Greeting

December 1959

mixed media on paper

42 1/2 x 85 1/4 inches (108 x 216.5 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1959 oil and collage...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1959

oil and collage on paper

14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Robert Motherwell California 1959 oil and charcoal...

Robert Motherwell

California

1959

oil and charcoal on canvas

69 3/4 x 89 1/2 inches (177.2 x 227.3 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Raging Collage 1960 oil and past...

Robert Motherwell

Raging Collage

1960

oil and pasted paper on paper mounted on board

28 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches (73 x 57.2 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Black with Shadows 1961 oil on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Black with Shadows

1961

oil on canvas

76 x 87 inches (193 x 221 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Bingo 1962 oil and collage on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Bingo

1962

oil and collage on paper

18 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches (47 x 62.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea, with Black and W...

Robert Motherwell
Beside the Sea, with Black and White
1962
oil and pasted paper on Strathmore paper
29 x 23 inches (73.7 x 58.4 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Summertime in Italy, No. 28 1962...

Robert Motherwell

Summertime in Italy, No. 28

1962

oil and charcoal on canvas

96 1/2 x 72 inches (245.1 x 182.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Cafetiere Filtres 1963 oil and p...

Robert Motherwell

Cafetiere Filtres

1963

oil and pasted papers on paperboard

39 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (101 x 67.9 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Saturn Revisited 1964 acrylic...

Helen Frankenthaler

Saturn Revisited

1964

acrylic on canvas

84 1/4 x 53 inches (214 x 134.6 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Pompeii 1965 acrylic on canvas...

Helen Frankenthaler

Pompeii

1965

acrylic on canvas

58 x 80 inches (147.3 x 203.2 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper 

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea No. 41 1966 oil a...

Robert Motherwell

Beside the Sea No. 41

1966

oil and acrylic on paper

29 x 22 7/8 inches (73.7 x 58.1 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Open #93: In Medium Ultramarine...

Robert Motherwell

Open #93: In Medium Ultramarine Blue with Charcoal Line

1969

acrylic and charcoal on canvas

60 1/4 x 40 inches (153 x 101.6 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Avebury 1972 acrylic on canvas...

Helen Frankenthaler

Avebury

1972

acrylic on canvas

57 7/8 x 80 inches (139.4 x 203.2 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Corniche 1974 acrylic on canva...

Helen Frankenthaler

Corniche

1974

acrylic on canvas 

72 x 96 inches (182.9 x 243. cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Constellation 1977 acrylic on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Constellation

1977

acrylic on canvas

84 x 108 inches (213.4 x 274.3 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Blue Reach 1978 acrylic on can...

Helen Frankenthaler

Blue Reach

1978

acrylic on canvas

71 x 177 1/2 inches (180.3 x 450.9 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1978 acrylic on canva...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1978

acrylic on canvas

78 x 42 inches (198.1 x 106.7 cm) 

Robert Motherwell The Studio 1987 acrylic and char...

Robert Motherwell

The Studio

1987

acrylic and charcoal on canvas 

60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1958 mixed media and...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1958

mixed media and collage on paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1958 mixed media on p...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1958

mixed media on paper

12 x 8 1/2 inches (30.5 x 21.6 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Diary of a Painter 1958 oil and...

Robert Motherwell

Diary of a Painter

1958

oil and charcoal on canvas

70 1/4 x 99 1/2 inches (178.4 x 252.7 cm)

Robert Motherwell Afternoon in Barcelona 1958 acry...

Robert Motherwell

Afternoon in Barcelona

1958

acrylic and oil on canvas

54 x 73 inches (137.2 x 185.4 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Hein, Ma Vie?  1958 oil and...

Robert Motherwell

Hein, Ma Vie? 

1958

oil and pasted papers on industrial corrugated cardboard

21 1/2 x 16 7/8 inches (54.6 x 42.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Untitled 1958 mixed media collag...

Robert Motherwell

Untitled

1958

mixed media collage on paper

14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (36.2 x 28.6 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Courtyard of El Greco's Ho...

Helen Frankenthaler

Courtyard of El Greco's House

1959

oil on canvas

45 3/4 x 60 1/2 inches (116.2 x 153.7 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler New Year Greeting December 195...

Helen Frankenthaler

New Year Greeting

December 1959

mixed media on paper

42 1/2 x 85 1/4 inches (108 x 216.5 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1959 oil and collage...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1959

oil and collage on paper

14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Robert Motherwell California 1959 oil and charcoal...

Robert Motherwell

California

1959

oil and charcoal on canvas

69 3/4 x 89 1/2 inches (177.2 x 227.3 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Raging Collage 1960 oil and past...

Robert Motherwell

Raging Collage

1960

oil and pasted paper on paper mounted on board

28 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches (73 x 57.2 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Black with Shadows 1961 oil on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Black with Shadows

1961

oil on canvas

76 x 87 inches (193 x 221 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Bingo 1962 oil and collage on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Bingo

1962

oil and collage on paper

18 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches (47 x 62.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea, with Black and W...

Robert Motherwell
Beside the Sea, with Black and White
1962
oil and pasted paper on Strathmore paper
29 x 23 inches (73.7 x 58.4 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Summertime in Italy, No. 28 1962...

Robert Motherwell

Summertime in Italy, No. 28

1962

oil and charcoal on canvas

96 1/2 x 72 inches (245.1 x 182.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Cafetiere Filtres 1963 oil and p...

Robert Motherwell

Cafetiere Filtres

1963

oil and pasted papers on paperboard

39 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches (101 x 67.9 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Saturn Revisited 1964 acrylic...

Helen Frankenthaler

Saturn Revisited

1964

acrylic on canvas

84 1/4 x 53 inches (214 x 134.6 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Pompeii 1965 acrylic on canvas...

Helen Frankenthaler

Pompeii

1965

acrylic on canvas

58 x 80 inches (147.3 x 203.2 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper 

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Lyric Suite 1965 ink on Japanese...

Robert Motherwell

Lyric Suite

1965

ink on Japanese rice paper

11 x 9 inches (27.9 x 22.9 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea No. 41 1966 oil a...

Robert Motherwell

Beside the Sea No. 41

1966

oil and acrylic on paper

29 x 22 7/8 inches (73.7 x 58.1 cm) 

Robert Motherwell Open #93: In Medium Ultramarine...

Robert Motherwell

Open #93: In Medium Ultramarine Blue with Charcoal Line

1969

acrylic and charcoal on canvas

60 1/4 x 40 inches (153 x 101.6 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Avebury 1972 acrylic on canvas...

Helen Frankenthaler

Avebury

1972

acrylic on canvas

57 7/8 x 80 inches (139.4 x 203.2 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Corniche 1974 acrylic on canva...

Helen Frankenthaler

Corniche

1974

acrylic on canvas 

72 x 96 inches (182.9 x 243. cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Constellation 1977 acrylic on...

Helen Frankenthaler

Constellation

1977

acrylic on canvas

84 x 108 inches (213.4 x 274.3 cm)

Helen Frankenthaler Blue Reach 1978 acrylic on can...

Helen Frankenthaler

Blue Reach

1978

acrylic on canvas

71 x 177 1/2 inches (180.3 x 450.9 cm) 

Helen Frankenthaler Untitled 1978 acrylic on canva...

Helen Frankenthaler

Untitled

1978

acrylic on canvas

78 x 42 inches (198.1 x 106.7 cm) 

Robert Motherwell The Studio 1987 acrylic and char...

Robert Motherwell

The Studio

1987

acrylic and charcoal on canvas 

60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm) 

Press Release

The Art of Marriage

Frankenthaler & Motherwell
October 30 - December 14, 2019

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to present The Art of Marriage, an exhibition of works by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) and Robert Motherwell (1915-1991). Opening October 30, the exhibition will be on view through December 14, 2019. A reception will be held Wednesday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30pm.

 

Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell were married from 1958 to 1971. Both were formed, established artists, with highly individual ways of making art, at the time of their whirlwind courtship, which began at the end of 1957. They were almost certainly aware of each other’s work, since even though they had never really connected, they had traveled in the same aesthetic circles. Motherwell, forty-two when their romance began, was the youngest of the First Generation Abstract Expressionists, but one of the most distinguished, connected with the Surrealists, a veteran of Peggy Guggenheim’s gallery, known as a writer and translator, as well as a painter, and someone whose work Frankenthaler admired. Frankenthaler, who had just turned twenty-nine, was a rising star whose work was increasingly attracting attention and even beginning to influence older artists. Despite the obvious differences in their work – and in the way they made their work – the two painters shared fundamental convictions: that their art sprang from internal imperatives, that the painter’s role was to reveal the unseen, not to report on the visible, that gesture and color were potent carriers of emotion, that the art of the present was seamlessly connected to the art of the past, and more.

 

Selected Press

The New Criterion

The Critic's Notebook
November 12, 2019

By: Andrew Shea

Now, this marriage is itself the subject of an exhibition, at the Upper East Side’s Mnuchin Gallery. With a catalogue essay by our own Karen Wilkin, the exhibition considers the symbiotic aesthetic relationship between Motherwell and Frankenthaler—how the marriage might have influenced the paintings—even as both remained resolutely independent artists at the heights of their powers. This exhibition of two twentieth-century titans is not to be missed.

The New Criterion

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October 30, 2019
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