Frankenthaler: Three “Dark Light” Paintings

Ace Contemporary Exhibitions


Benedictine Monks (1979)

A large-scale variation of themes from Bacon and Creecy, with a characteristically wide perspective frame floating the brush exultingly in constructions here and there, lanes of light fizz, a golden mirror, umbrageous lava, blue devils.


Eastern Light (1982)

The Bride in a state of cinematic abandonment, which is to say Duchamp’s machine a mere modulation of rose.


Toward Dark (1988)

A very tall figure, yellow, fantastic architecture of yellow, cascading down into globular phenomena, and farther down her bright Swatch watch. Opposite another very tall figure, a silver tower poured right up the canvas, with a luminescent tie.