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Helen Frankenthaler

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Frankenthaler’s woodcutting is the subject of a new exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery… The show, titled Radical Beauty, comes ten years after the artist’s death, and is her first major print retrospective to be shown in the UK.1

… hmmm… beautiful… they seem safe… not provocative, not “radical”… easy to hang in the living rooms of the one percent… we live in radical times, so i have this feeling that art should be provocative, even if i am unlikely to be provocative with my own photographic work… maybe that is a self challenge…

_Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty runs at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery from 15 September 2021 – 18 April 2022.


  1. Sisley, Dominique, “They’re Astounding”: The Radical Beauty of Helen Frankenthaler’s Woodcuts, AnOther Magazine [return]