Turner Contemporary
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner, installation view at Turner Contemporary

    Photo Stephen White
  • Helen Frankenthaler, Overture, 1992

    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, 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

    Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Evening Star

    © The National Gallery, London. Turner Bequest, 1856
  • Helen Frankenthaler, Sun Dial, 1964, oil on canvas

    Helen Frankenthaler, Sun Dial, 1964, oil on canvas

    ©Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2013 
  • Helen Frankethaler, Covent Garden Study: Final Maquette for the Third Movement

    Helen Frankethaler, Covent Garden Study: Final Maquette for the Third Movement

    Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge ©Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2013
25 January 2014 - 11 May 2014

'A joyous exhibition, full of vitality' Times Higher Education

Making Painting explores the timeless act of painting through the work of two artists separated by one hundred years and nearly four thousand miles: JMW Turner (1775-1851) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011).

Turner, celebrated as a great nineteenth-century painter of landscape, transformed the way we see and interpret our natural surroundings. In her canvases of the late 1950s onwards, American artist Helen Frankenthaler translated landscape into abstract compositions characterised by flooding colour and increasingly large scale.

The exhibition explores the fellowship that the two artists – a Romantic nineteenth-century Briton and an Abstract Expressionist twentieth-century American – share in paint across their temporal divide. It includes a significant group of paintings by Frankenthaler from the 1950s to the 1990s alongside oil paintings and watercolours by Turner from throughout his career, with key works from the National Gallery and the Yale Centre for British Art collections. This is the first opportunity to see an exhibition of Helen Frankenthaler in a UK public gallery for over 30 years.

Making Painting is curated by Turner scholar James Hamilton, whose writings on nineteenth and twentieth century art have explored the continuing resonance of Turner's life and work across the past two hundred years. A catalogue is available to purchase from Turner Contemporary.

'It is the excitements of this conjunction between a Romantic nineteenth-century Briton and an abstract expressionist twentieth-century American that the exhibition seeks to evoke, revealing the fellowship that the two artists share in paint across their temporal divide, and the vibrant correspondences which uncover something of the timeless cerebral foundations of landscape art. These two artists could only have met and talked in our imaginations: so bringing their work together takes imagination just one small step further towards reality and allows us to examine values common to both.'
James Hamilton

"Such dissolving forms and delight in paint itself are matched in Turner’s works, which progress from early bucolic scenes to skies of riotous swirling."
The Guardian Guide

"Naturally, leaves you hungry for more."
Fisun Guner, Arts Desk 

"...traverses sea, space and time."
AnOther Magazine

"It is just that sense of poetic alchemy that brings these artists together and makes this exhibition sing." 
Corinna Lotz, Apollo


Give today
We are a charity and need your support to continue our work. Donate today >
 

Exhibition sponsor:

Exhibition supporter:

Unique learning opportunities Unique learning opportunities
Support our aim to help people see, think and learn differently.
Give £25

Yes

World-class art for all World-class art for all
Help us ensure that everyone has access to great art, for free, always.
Give £50

Yes

Transforming Margate Transforming Margate
Be a catalyst for regeneration in Margate by helping to sustain our work.
Give £100

Yes

Leave a comment

* Denotes required fields

Left by Marion Armstrong on Jan 17, 2014 12:33PM

I am looking forward to this exhibition


Left by patrick jones [ patrickjonesabstractartist.com ] on Jan 31, 2014 09:27AM

This is knock out exhibition,which we are priveliged to host in the U.K.The big room of Helens work in acrylic ,from the 80s is stunning.Its a moving mixture of gravitas,intelligence and sheer beauty.The juxtaposition with Turners indeterminate spaces shows how radical both artist/s are in bringing painting closer to human experience.Thank you


Left by Sian Foulkes [ wwwi'pernity.com/siani ] on Feb 17, 2014 02:47PM

On a wet blustery Thursday I required the sustenance from
A coffee Latte £2.50 in the well appointed cafe. FAB-U-LOUS views of Margate Bay. After the shock and awe of the "BEST LIFT IN THE WORLD"! I started my viewing - it is well curated and lit with intelligence. Turner V Frankenther - no contest for me - TURNER always, however, I am returning tomorrow to look at Ms Helen FRANKENTHER 's work again. Time it took from Latte - gift shop 2 hours 15 mins. Well put together, thought provoking exhibition.


Left by Vanessa Morgan on Oct 29, 2013 03:18PM

I am looking forward to seeing JMW Turner and Helen Frankenthaler exhibition in the new year