Helen Frankenthaler

atnf_24_1678_x_281.png

KBOO is open to the public! To visit the station, contact your staff person or call 503-231-8032.


Hosted by: 
Produced by: 
KBOO
Program:: 
Air date: 
Tue, 12/05/2023 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
madamebutterfly_2.jpg
More Images: 
Bruce Guenther with Frankenthaler Freefall
Bruce Guenther on Helen Frankenthaler's prints

On Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023, at 11.30 a.m. Joseph Gallivan interviews curator Bruce Guenther about Helen Frankenthaler, a show of her prints which is on now at the Oregon Jewish Museum through March 23, 2024. Guenther talks about the famous painter’s approach to printing, her use of gesture, hundreds of colors and the punk-rock attitude toward serious master printers.  

 

This show was recorded on a Zoom H2N recorder on November 30, and engineered by Ray Bodwell https://kboo.fm/blog/55224

 

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

WORKS FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF JORDAN D. SCHNITZER AND HIS FAMILY FOUNDATION

December 3, 2023 – March 24, 2024

A towering figure in American painting of the 20th century, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was one of first major abstract expressionist painters to develop a unique technique of painting that married a fluid paint process with the warp and weft of the canvas so that they became one and the same, fusing color and movement into an emotional whole. Her lyrical abstractions of sensuous color, light, and space both enlighten and enrich the viewer’s sensibilities with their unity and immediacy of effect.

When Frankenthaler turned to printmaking in 1963, she brought the same independence of spirit and challenging of convention to the process-bound world of the print atelier – as her stain and poured technique had been to painting – in order to create new methodologies of production to capture the act of spontaneous expression. Curated by Bruce Guenther, the exhibition presents a cross section of her work in the four major print media – woodcuts, intaglio, lithographs, and screenprints – that showcases her innovation and original contribution to printmaking. Drawn from the holdings of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Collection, the exhibition is especially rich in woodcuts, which was the last of the four print media picked up by Frankenthaler and the one in which she virtually reinvented the process to incorporate the vital energy and flux of her signature paintings. The woodblocks are considered her most original contribution to printmaking and some of the most beautiful prints made. 

Image above:
MADAME BUTTERFLY, 2000
Woodcut
Printed in one-hundred-two colors from forty-six woodblocks (30 birch, 14 maple, 1 lauan, 1 fir) on three sheets of sienna (center sheet) and light sienna (left/right sheets) handmade paper Edition AP 10/14
Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer
Image: Strode Photographic, Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

back

 

KBOO and your money

It's fall pledge drive time and we need your money. KBOO is 55 years old, a difficult age.

Art Focus on K-B-O-O Portland is the show where artists talk about their work. I want to remind you that KBOO is a volunteer-powered community platform. That means we are funded by you, the listener.

If you are enjoying the program, please show your support by making a contribution today, or better yet become a monthly sustaining member.

Just go to kboo.fm/give or text K-B-O-O to 44-321."

To hear previous episodes of Art Focus or any of our KBOO public affairs programming, just go to KBOO dot F-M or listen on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently a Feature Writer. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on Amazon.com

josephgallivan@gmail.com 

 

 

Download audio file
Topic tags: 
Genre(s): 

Episode Playlist

  • Time
    11:00
    Artist
    John Carroll Kirby
    Song
    Rainmaker
    Album
    Sensing Not Seeing
    Label
    Stones Throw Records
  • Time
    11:06
    Artist
    RedEyesBadDragon
    Song
    Industry Demon
    Album
    Queen of Swords
    Label
    RedEyesBadDragon
  • Time
    11:08
    Artist
    Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir
    Song
    Love With Extinction
    Album
    Change Without Us
    Label
    4234377 Records DK
  • Time
    11:29
    Artist
    David Bowie
    Song
    Andy Warhol - 1999 Remastered Version
    Album
    Hunky Dory
    Label
    WMG - Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC
  • Time
    11:59
    Artist
    Karate Boogaloo
    Song
    Marriage for All or None at All
    Album
    Carn The Boogers
    Label
    College Of Knowledge Records

Audio by Topic: