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The Art of Looking

Helen Frankenthaler, Nature Abhors a Vacuum

  • Friday, April 23, 2021
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program
This nearly abstract painting is created with areas of mostly single colors in caramel brown, pine and spring green, apricot orange, plum purple and fuchsia, and smaller bands of yellow, pink, and black around streaks of unpainted canvas in this horizontal painting. A wide, tan-colored band that rises from the lower left corner toward the upper right and a triangular form in pumpkin orange to our left recall hills along a valley. Pink, orange, deep purple, and fuchsia are painted in bands in the lower right corner and across the bottom. Above the tan band that reads as a hill, a wide swath of spring and dark green may suggest hills beyond, with swirling yellow, black, pink, and blue under a patch of lavender purple that spans the top edge of the canvas and could read as sky. The painting is signed and dated at the lower right corner, “Frankenthaler ’73.”

Helen Frankenthaler, Nature Abhors a Vacuum, 1973, acrylic on canvas, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Gift of Audrey and David Mirvish, Toronto, Canada, 2004.129.1

In honor of Earth Day and springtime, Helen Frankenthaler's Nature Abhors a Vacuum is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.

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