Painted on 21st Street


Helen Frankenthaler, American, b. New York City, 1928–2011

Oil, sand, plaster of paris, and coffee grounds on sized and primed canvas, 69 1/8 x 97 in. (175.6 x 246.4 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museum Purchase, 1980

Accession Number: 80.153

The artist, New York, 1951-13 November 1980
Museum Purchase, 1980

Exhibition History:
TIBOR DE NAGY GALLERY, New York. "Helen Frankenthaler," 12 November-3 December 1951.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "The Fifties: Aspects of Painting in New York," 22 May-21 September 1980.
THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, DC. Extended loan to President and Mrs. Bush for display in the residence, August 2001-December 2008.
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, New York. “Helen Frankenthaler,” March-April 2013 [exact dates TBD].
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Manifesto: Art x Agency," 15 June 2019-5 January 2020.

Published References:
[HOLLIDAY, BETTY]. "Reviews and Previews: Helen Frankenthaler," Art News, vol. 50 (November 1951), p. 48.
[BRACH, PAUL]. "Fifty-Seventh Street in Review: Helen Frankenthaler," Art Digest, vol. 26 (1 December 1951), p. 18.
LANDAU, ELLEN. "Aspects of the Fifties," Art Journal 40 (Fall/Winter 1980), fig. 16, p. 388.
SWEENY, LOUISE. "Light fantastic: Artist pours moods on canvas," Arlington Heights Herald (5 October 1980), n. p.
SMITH, ROBERTA. "Report from Washington: The '50 Revisited, Not Revised," Art in America 68/9 (November 1980), p. 47, colorpl. p. 48.
ELDERFELD, JOHN. Frankenthaler (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989), ill. p. 32.
After "Mountains and Sea": Frankenthaler 1956-1959 (New York: Guggenheim, 1998).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (Second Generation)/Formalist Abstraction, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), 2nd Floor