JMW Turner and Helen Frankenthaler
Emyr Williams reviewed the exhibition for Abstract Critical
This is an eye-catching exhibition pairing the initially curious twosome of JMW Turner and Helen Frankenthaler – separated by over a hundred years but united in their… in their… handling of paint? Response to landscape? Exploration of light? The romantic sublime? According to curator and Turner scholar James Hamilton: it started out as ‘Ten artists and Turner’ and as time passed names began being shed until a final playoff which saw Frankenthaler win through. A sort of painterly X Factor then. Upon consideration though one can see the logic and it was more about a “gut feeling” of two artists that could work rather than an explicit relationship of say, style, theme or geography. Curation by gut feeling – now that is a novelty!
Helen Frankenthaler, Overture, 1992©Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2013
Helen Frankenthaler, Hotel Cro-Magnon. Courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum ©Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2013
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Evening Star