Ruth Fine was Curator for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, from 1972-2012. Starting as curator of Lessing J. Rosenwald’s collection, she oversaw its transfer to the National Gallery in 1980. She was the NGA’s first Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings; as Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art she organized exhibitions on Gemini GEL, Crown Point Press, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns and Romare Bearden among others, and oversaw the distribution to museums across the US of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. Now based in Philadelphia, she is Chair of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Board and serves on the board of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Uncovering Discovery: Frankenthaler’s Printmaking

Helen Frankenthaler, First Stone (1961), lithograph, 22 x 30 inches. The Art Institute of Chicago, ULAE Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer, restricted gift of supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund, 1982.459. © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY. Courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Photo: Tim Pyle.

Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011) is best known for a compelling body of abstractions on canvas, including Mountains and Sea (1952), in which she used a soak-stain technique that is frequently credited with inspiring color-field painting Read More