Jonathan Novak has been an important source for contemporary American and European art since 1978. With a wide-ranging inventory consisting of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints, one may find significant examples by Milton Avery, John Baeder, Robert Bechtle, Fernando Botero, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Richard Estes, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Ralph Goings, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Mimmo Paladino, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann.
Jonathan has been an inveterate exhibitor at international art fairs in Chicago, Miami, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and is a member of the Private Art Dealers of America (PADA), the International Fine Print Dealers of America (IFPDA) as well as the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA).
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art is located in Century City, California, one-half mile west of the Beverly Hills Penninsula Hotel.
Helen FrankenthalerBiography of the Artist
Tales of Genji VI
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Helen Frankenthaler (1928 – ) Born in Manhattan, New York, Helen Frankenthaler became the leader of the Color Field painters in New York City, emerging in the 1950s under the influence of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Her work is a transition from Abstract Expressionism. Frankenthaler was educated at New York's Dalton School, and in high school studied with Rufino Tamayo and later with Hans Hofmann. She attended Bennington College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Her family vacationed in Maine where she learned to love open views of land and sea, subject matter and an attitude of expansiveness reflected in her canvases. With a studio in New York, her mentor became art critic Clement Greenberg who introduced her to most of the prominent 1950s artists including Pollock and DeKooning, her inspirations for gestural technique, Action Painting. From 1958 to 1971, she was married to artist Robert Motherwell. Her technique was novel. Rather than painting on a primed canvas, she poured paint over an unprimed surface that allowed the paint to soak into the canvas. This staining and the process involved became her trademark style, and a whole generation of artists, known as Color Field painters, followed her. Her large studio has been in New York City. Frankenthaler has taught and lectured throughout the world and served on the Fulbright Selection Committee and the National Council on the Arts of the National Endowment for the Arts, among other such posts. She received numerous awards internationally, including the New York City Mayors Award of Honour for Arts and Culture and the Distinguished Artists Award for Lifetime Achievement, College Art Association, the Jerusalem Prize for Arts and Letters, and countless honorary degrees. Helen Frankenthaler 1928 Born, New York, NY 1949 Bachelor of Art, Bennington College, VT 1959 First Prize for Painting, Premiere Biennale de Paris 1968 Joseph E. Temple Gold Medal Award, 163rd Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1972 Garrett Award, 70th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago 1976 Arts and Humanities Award, Yale University 1979 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, Bennington College 1986 New York City Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture Selected Exhibitions 2000 Pasted Pictures: Collage and Abstraction in the 20th Century, Knoedler and Company, New York, NY 1995 Helen Frankenthaler: New Work, Knoedler and Company, New York, NY 1989 Frankenthaler: A Painting Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1987 Helen Frankenthaler: Prints 1985-1987, Louver, Venice, CA 1983 Helen Frankenthaler: Paintings from 1959-1963, Knoedler Gallery, London 1977-78 Guiding Red, World Trade Center II, New York, NY 1975 Helen Frankenthaler: Ceramic Tiles, The Solomon R. Guggenhein Museum, New York, NY 1973 Helen Frankenthaler: Sixty-Two Painted Book Covers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1972 Helen Frankenthaler: A Retrospective of Prints, 1961-1972, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1969 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 1961 Everett Ellin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1959 U.S. Representation, Sao Paulo, V Bienal 1955 Vanguard 1955: A Painter’s Selection of New American Paintings, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 1951 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY 1949 Senior Art Projects, Bennington College, Carriage Barn