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FRANKENTHALER--Helen. The Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Whitney Museum of American Art mourn the loss of Helen Frankenthaler. Her searing intellect and fearless innovations launched a new direction for postwar painting. By experimenting with the qualities of paint and canvas, she was able to create, in her own words, "explosive landscapes, worlds and distances, held on a flat surface." Frankenthaler's work was first shown at the Whitney in 1955 and has subsequently been included in over 40 exhibitions at the Museum. A mid-career retrospective of her work was organized by the Whitney in 1969. The Museum is also proud to hold close to a dozen works in our permanent collection; the first of which, Blue Territory, was acquired from the 1955 Annual. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Stephen M. DuBrul Jr., and her stepdaughters, Jeannie and Lise Motherwell. Flora Miller Biddle, Honorary Chairman Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus Robert J. Hurst, Co-Chairman Brooke Garber Neidich, Co-Chairman Neil G. Bluhm, President Adam D. Weinberg Alice Pratt Brown, Director Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 31, 2011
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