Palm Springs, Which Sold Its Frankenthaler, Is Doing a Frankenthaler Show

Helen Frankenthaler, Contentment Island, 2002. (c) Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York

Last October the Palm Springs Art Museum sold a Helen Frankenthaler painting considered the high point of its collection. This October the museum is doing a show on… Helen Frankenthaler.

The artist's New York-based foundation is lending 30 paintings on paper and canvas to PSAM for "Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003." It opens Oct. 14, 2021.

Usually artists' foundations try to place art in museum collections where it will be appreciated—that, rather than abetting deaccession for $$$. And if PSAM is interested enough in Frankenthaler to do this show, wouldn't it have made even more sense to keep the painting they sold?


Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
Palm Springs and Helen Frankenthaler...

What an odd couple?
Frankenthaler was a homophobe.
By funding Serrano and Mapplethorpe, she thought the NEA was spawning an "arts monster."