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Virtual | Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York

June 28, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Cover of 'Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York'
2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Join us for a discussion with Alexander Nemerov, author of Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, and Sarah Kirk Hanley, an independent prints and editions expert and critic based in the New York area, who is currently writing an essay for the Dulwich Picture Gallery for their Fall exhibition of woodcuts by Helen Frankenthaler.

Dr. Nemerov’s biography of Frankenthaler encompasses her life and work beginning with her college years at Bennington, where Nemerov’s father was her English teacher, and Clement Greenberg, her first significant romantic partner, gave seminars in Art history and organized exhibitions. Nemerov concentrates his text on Frankenthaler of the 1950s which, Karen Wilkin’s review of the book writes,” she was notably strong and inventive, almost from the start at a time when artists were expected to spend years maturing before their work was considered to be worthy of attention.” Nemerov acknowledges her importance as an Ab-ex painter and also writes about Freudian sources of her lifetime romantic relationships. There is a great deal to unpack about this major abstract woman artist of the twentieth century.


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About Alexander Nemerov

Alexander Nemerov, a white male with dark grey hair, sitting on brick stepsAlexander Nemerov is The Carl and Marilyn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, as well as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. He formerly taught Yale University where he was the Vincent J. Scully Professor of the History of Art. He has a Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art from Yale University and has published several books before the Frankenthaler. A scholar of American art, Nemerov writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past and the importance of humanities in our lives today.

About Sarah Kirk Hanley

Headshot of Sarah Kirk Hanley, white woman with shoulder length brown hair and thin black glasses, leaning against a white brick wallSarah Kirk Hanley is an independent prints and editions expert and critic based in the New York area. Her critical writing focuses on prints by women artists, artists of color, as well as work grounded in socio-political themes. Her past experiences include Consultant for Auctionata and 1st Dibs (2009-19); Assistant Vice President , Christie’s Print Department (2006-2009); Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Milwaukee Art Museum (2000-2005). She writes extensively for Art 21 Magazine and Art in Print.

Thank you to Susan L Halper, President , Susan L Halper Fine Art, Inc. for organizing this program.


  1. Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, courtesy of Penguin Random House
  2. Alexander Nemerov, courtesy of Penguin Random House
  3. Sarah Kirk Hanley, courtesy of the speaker


June 28, 2021
2:00 pm
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