Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler Works at the Gagosian Gallery

Mountains and Sea, 1952, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc., on extended loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  2013 Estate of Helen Frankenthaler/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc., on extended loan to the National Gallery 
of Art, Washington, D.C. © 2013 Estate of HelenFrankenthaler/Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.

It was 1950 when Helen Frankenthaler came back to New York after graduating from Bennington College. Frankenthaler set up a studio on East Twenty-First Street and wasted no time in stirring up the art world. She organized a show of Bennington alumni artists where she met Clement Greenberg, one the most influential art critics of the era and embarked on a five-year relationship with him. Greenberg introduced her to the major figures in New York School of painters, including Jackson Pollock, whose drip-painting later inspired

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