Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner

Posted on Wednesday 29th January 2014

Dr James Hamilton has curated an exhibition on Helen Frankenthaler and J M W Turner at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.

From the gallery website:

"Making Painting explores the timeless act of painting through the work of two artists separated by one hundred years and nearly four thousand miles: JMW Turner (1775-1851) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011).

Turner, celebrated as a great nineteenth-century painter of landscape, transformed the way we see and interpret our natural surroundings. In her canvases of the late 1950s onwards, American artist Helen Frankenthaler translated landscape into abstract compositions characterised by flooding colour and increasingly large scale.

The exhibition explores the fellowship that the two artists – a Romantic nineteenth-century Briton and an Abstract Expressionist twentieth-century American – share in paint across their temporal divide. It includes a significant group of paintings by Frankenthaler from the 1950s to the 1990s alongside oil paintings and watercolours by Turner from throughout his career, with key works from the National Gallery and the Yale Centre for British Art collections. This is the first opportunity to see an exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler in a UK public gallery for over 30 years."