Thursday, March 22, 2012

Who Knew?

 When you think of artist Helen Frankenthaler do you think of this?:

Mountains and Sea.

Me too. 
But did you know Helen (we're on a first name basis) also revolutionized the face of woodcut print art? East and Beyond (below) was created in 1973 and to execute this work Frankenthaler used a jigsaw to divide the wood block and then put it back together to print. Apparently she used a new technique to put the block back together so the division line was invisible. Because of this technique East and Beyond isn't cut into and instead transfers vibrant and bold color in large abstract sections. 

East and Beyond is one of the most famous woodcuts to date. Cool!!

- Grace

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