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Helen Frankenthaler
Born 1928 in New York, NY
Died 2011 in Darien, CT
Coral Wedge, 1972
acrylic paint on canvas
81 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.32
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Frankenthaler was one of the first artists after Jackson Pollock to explore the collapse of foreground and background through the color staining of raw canvas. She placed unstretched, unprimed canvases on the ground and poured washes of thinned paint directly onto them. Her soak-stain method inspired Morris Louis, among others. In her later works, such as this one, she rolled and dripped acrylic paint onto canvas.