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Stories for January 2012

We Remember Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)

January 9, 2012

Helen Frankenthaler's Summerscene, Provincetown Helen Frankenthalter, the last of the Abstract Expressionists, died on December 27, 2011, at the age of eighty-three. In 1951, when she was only twenty-three, she began to soak, or stain, her canvasses with extremely thin...


Inventing Equality: On Patents in the Great American Hall of Wonders

January 5, 2012

Margaret E. Knight, Patent Model of Machine for Making Paper Bags, 1879, U.S. Patent No. 220925, wood, brass, paper and paint, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center The current exhibition, The Great American Hall of...


Seeing Double: On Multiplicity

January 3, 2012

Ed Ruscha's Western Horizontal Multiplicity features contemporary prints from the museum's permanent collection. All of the prints are editions and each impression is considered a work of art. Also of interest is the fact that the works on view represent...