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Frankenthaler Foundation Donates Seminal Painting to Tate

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has made a rare gift of an early, large-scale painting by Frankenthaler to Tate.

Marking the first time the foundation has gifted a painting to an organization, and the first canvas by the artist to enter a public collection in London, Vessel (1961) is an important early example of the artist’s signature “soak-stain” technique. The work, together with four other masterpieces on loan from the Foundation from throughout Frankenthaler’s career, is now on long-term view in a dedicated monographic room at Tate Modern through November 2021.  

Established by the artist during her lifetime and active since 2013, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is dedicated to supporting the visual arts, advancing Frankenthaler’s legacy, and inspiring and supporting a new generation of practitioners. This singular gift and accompanying installation provide an unusual opportunity for international audiences to consider the creative practice and resounding impact of the abstract painter, whose career spanned over six decades. 

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