Cover of the book Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992
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Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992

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This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Pittura/Panorama: Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, 1952–1992 at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice, coinciding with Venice Biennale. Famous as the inventor of the “soak-stain” technique, Frankenthaler continued to create powerful, original abstractions throughout her lifetime. This volume focuses on a selection of paintings that reveal the relationship between the pittura (painting) and the panorama in her work over the course of four decades.

A preface by John Elderfield examines how the interplay between works that are reminiscent of easel paintings, though made on the floor, and large, horizontal canvases that open onto shallow but expansive spaces, as panoramas do, was intrinsic to Frankenthaler’s development. An essay by Pepe Karmel traces connections between what she called “the atmosphere of landscape” and inspirations ranging from sixteenth-century Venetian paintings to works by Lucio Fontana, as well as her influence on successors including Mary Weatherford.

Publisher: Gagosian
Publication date: 2019
Contributors: John Elderfield, Pepe Karmel
Designer: Graphic Thought Facility, London
Printer: Pureprint Group, Uckfield, England
Distributor: Rizzoli International Publications, New York
Format: Hardcover in dust jacket
Dimensions: 11 1/8 × 12 7/8 inches (28.3 × 32.7 cm)
Pages: 92
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-938748-81-3


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