Thursday, December 29, 2011
color field painting. Frankenthaler diluted her paints and poured them directly onto unprimed canvas, manipulating them with mops and sponges as they soaked into the surface. The result was broad fields of luminous color, often evocative of the natural world, including "Nature Abhors A Vacuum" (1973) above. For more on this innovative painter who left us with many works of breathtaking beauty, read the New York Times obituary; read and listen to two NPR profiles, one following her passing and one from 1988; listen to NPR on the color field artists, and view a video profile.