Exhibition: No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat, Jul 1 - Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Venue: Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267

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In 1994, when being interviewed by printer/publisher Ken Tyler, Helen Frankenthaler stated, "There are no rules, that is one thing I say about every medium, every picture . . . that is how art is born, that is how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules, that is what invention is about." No Rules explores Helen Frankenthaler's inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut. The artist began creating woodcuts after experimenting with lithography, etching, and screen printing. She produced her first woodcuts, East and Beyond (1973) and her ethereal Savage Breeze (1974), by carving pieces of wood with a jigsaw, inking each block of wood separately and arranging the pieces of wood to print them on paper. In Essence Mulberry (1977) and Cameo (1980), she invented a new technique termed "guzzying," working the wood's surface to achieve specific results when printed. Throughout her career, the artist worked with a variety of print publishers to push the medium in new directions. In 1983 she traveled to Japan and worked in traditional methods of color woodblock printing with an expert carver and printers to produce Cedar Hill (1983), resulting in an entirely different, layered approach to color. Image: Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), Cedar Hill, 1983. Ten color woodcut, 20 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Crown Point Press. Oakland, CA

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