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lower right: Frankenthaler / '73; center left stretcher bar reverse: 103 1/2 x 112 AUG.-73; center right strether bar reverse: AUG-73 103 1/2 x 112 A/C; center stretcher bar reverse: "Nature Abhors a Vacuum"

Provenance

The artist; purchased 1973/1974 by André Emmerich, New York; private collection, Philadelphia; purchased by Audrey and David Mirvish, Toronto; purchased 8 November 2004 through (M. Knoedler & Company, New York) by NGA.

Exhibition History
1973
Helen Frankenthaler, André Emmerich Gallery, New York, 1973, brochure.
1974
Berenice Abbott--Helen Frankenthaler--Tatyana Grosman--Louse Nevelson, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, January-March 1974, no. 22.
1974
Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, 1974, no. 5.
1974
Twelve American Painters, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, September-October 1974, repro. 33.
1975
Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings 1969-1974, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum Pavilion; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975, no. 23, color repro.
1986
An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, 1986, unnumbered catalogue, pl. 30.
1989
Helen Frankenthaler: A Paintings Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts, 1989-1990, no. 25, color repro.
Bibliography
1973
Loercher, Diana. "Has Modern Art Run Out of Ways to Be Abstract?" The Christian Science Monitor (6 December 1973): 30.
1973
Von Baron, Judith. "Helen Frankenthaler." Arts Magazine 48 (December 1973): 72.
1974
Russell, John. The Meanings of Modern Art. New York, 1974-1975: color repro. 357.
1975
Guest, Barbara. "Helen Frankenthaler: The Moment and the Distance." Arts Magazine 49 (April 1975): 59.
1975
Holmes, Ann. "Frankenthaler's Canvases Soar with Buoyancy." Houston Chronicle 21 (October 1975): section 1:12.
1975
Russell, John. "Art: Helen Frankenthaler at Corcoran." The New York Times (2 May 1975): 20.
1989
Elderfield, John. Helen Frankenthaler. New York, 1989: 235, color repro. 212.
1989
McGuigan, Cathleen. In Pursuit of Beauty. Newsweek (12 June 1989): 63, repro.
2015
"Art for the Nation: The Story of the Patrons' Permanent Fund." National Gallery of Art Bulletin, no. 53 (Fall 2015): 23, repro.