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Helen Frankenthaler: A Celebration

Helen Frankenthaler Vessel 1961, oil paint on canvas, 2540 x 2390 mm, Collection Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York
© 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photograph by Jordan Tinker, courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Archives

Join a discussion exploring the life and work of a vital American painter

Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) was one of the most significant American artists of the twentieth century. A key member of the second generation of abstract expressionist painters, she made a major contribution to the subsequent development of abstract painting with works acclaimed for their bold forms and colours.

As a new year-long display of her work opens at Tate Modern, this is a unique opportunity to hear a panel discussion exploring Frankenthaler’s life, work and legacy. Contributors include the art historian Briony Fer, and the discussion is chaired by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.

A display of Helen Frankenthaler’s work opens at Tate Modern on 15 November 2019. Works lent by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York.


Briony Fer is an art historian who has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her research interests have consistently moved between the history of the avant-gardes and the work of contemporary artists, including Gabriel Orozco, Roni Horn, David Batchelor and Tacita Dean. She is Professor of History of Art at University College London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Tate Modern

East Room

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

25 November 2019 at 18.30–20.00



£8 Concessions