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Venus Revealed

Venus Revealed


Helen Frankenthaler

American, 1928 - 2011

Acrylic on canvas
108 x 81 in. (274.3 x 205.7cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: [Andre Emmerich, New York, New York]; purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, Jan. 1973
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryPullman, Washington, Fine Art Gallery, Washington State University, Contemporary American Abstract Painting 1960 - 1974, Nov. 1 - 22, 1974.

Denver, Colorado, Denver Art Museum, The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection: American Art Since 1960, Feb. 1 - Mar. 16, 1975. Text by Thomas N. Maytham et al. Cat no. 3., unpaginated.

Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings 1969 - 1974, April 20 - June 1, 1975 (Circuit: Houston, Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Oct. 14 - Nov. 23, 1975).

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art, Mar. 4, 1999 - May 5, 1999. Text by Trevor Fairbrother. No cat. no., reproduced p. 86 - 87 (detail), 178.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Elles: SAM - Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists, Oct. 6, 2012 - Feb. 17, 2013.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, City of Tomorrow: Jinny Wright and the Art That Shaped a New Seattle, Oct. 23, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021.
Published ReferencesBiehle, M. "Modern and Contemporary Artwork Moving to SAM." Seattle Refined, Jan. 4, 2015, reproduced, unpaginated.

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