Helen Frankenthaler: Woodcut Wonders
Published to coincide with "Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty," Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (15 Sept 2021 - 18 Apr 2022) which celebrates Helen Frankenthaler’s woodcut works. Sarah Kirk Hanley looks at how the artist’s technical innovations changed the world of printmaking and reassesses her masterful contribution to woodcut. There was an associated online talk with Phil Sanders for his "Prints and Their Makers" Book Club on September 16, 2021. We discuss the recent criticism that places Frankenthaler more centrally in the canon of late 20th Century art on a par with her male peers. We also discuss what makes an artist great, and how the contributions of women should generally be reconsidered in this regard.