Oral history interview with Helen Frankenthaler, 1968
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011
Rose, Barbara, 1938-
De Kooning, Willem
Motherwell, Robert Burns
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Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 7 in.
Transcript: 41 p.
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Sound quality is very poor.
An interview of Helen Frankenthaler conducted 1968, by Barbara Rose, for the Archives of American Art.
Frankenthaler speaks of studying art at Bennington College with Paul Feeley; the influence of Picasso and Kandinsky on her work; Clement Greenberg and his relationship with Frankenthaler and other artists; studying with Hans Hofmann and Rufino Tamayo; her childhood; meeting Robert Motherwell; the New York School; and Jackson Pollock, his paintings, technique, and influence on her. She also describes her technique, painting on the floor, titles, and color versus drawing. Frankenthaler recalls Grace Hartigan, Friedel Dzubas, Willem de Kooning, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Helen Frankenthaler, 1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Helen Frankenthaler (1928- 2011) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001