Helen Frankenthaler

was in the news recently.

Helen was easily one of the most respected women artists in her time which was the middle of the last century, when she was the first to showcase the stain technique so many of her second generation peers utilized. If you’ve seen one of her better ones you know how absolutely breathtaking her work can be.

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Raimund Girke

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin, Keweing has presented a selection of work by this “decisive pioneer of analytical painting, Girke’s position counts among the most important in German painting post-1945. In October he would have celebrated his 90th birthday.”

More (yes, his works makes me think of Robert Ryman also).

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Dorothy Fratt

Dorothy (who is no longer with us) made works which “are too rich to be minimal, too spare to be expressionist. They deal with color and expansive space, yet they are too gestured and incidented to be straight color­field works. They are adventures in form dealing with color as an expressive agent rather than as a mere phenomenon.”

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Lee Krasner

The blog about Robert inspired me to look back into the last century. Regular readers know I often make Pinterest boards of artists as I’m looking at their work- here’s one of Lee’s work. I’ve always felt she got the lamest deal of any of the AbEx generation as her work is some of the strongest of the group. Here’s some quotes from her that help illustrate how she saw her place.

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