form, color, illumination


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Suzan Frecon painting

Josef Helfenstein and Matthias Frehner; With Sarah Eckhardt, Ulrich Loock, and Lawrence Rinder

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This is the first major exploration of the works of American abstract painter and watercolorist Suzan Frecon (b. 1941), critically acclaimed for her sensitive arrangement of color, form, and texture, and for the philosophical resonance of her art. By restricting herself to nonrepresentational forms, earth-based colors, and, in the case of her watercolors, “found” pieces of paper, Frecon achieves an unequaled sense of balance and openness in her work. The book features ten oil paintings and thirty watercolors dating from the late 1990s to 2007. 


form, color, illumination celebrates the uniqueness of Frecon's painting and articulates how her work distinguishes itself within the history of abstract painting. The authors describe in-depth how her artistic process and materials are an integral part of her focus and aesthetic. Included is an essay revealing the "ethics” of her aesthetics––an argument for abstraction and an attention to truth that is not divorced from social and environmental concerns.

Distributed for The Menil Collection

Exhibition Schedule:

The Menil Collection, Houston (March 6 – May 11, 2008)  

Kunstmuseum Bern (June 11 – September 28, 2008) 

Josef Helfenstein is director of The Menil Collection, Houston. Matthias Frehner is director of the Kunstmuseum Bern.


The Menil Collection, Houston (March 6 – May 11, 2008)  

Kunstmuseum Bern (June 11 – September 28, 2008) 

ISBN: 9780300125528
Publication Date: May 5, 2008
Publishing Partner: Distributed for The Menil Collection
112 pages, 8 x 11 3/8
2 b/w + 52 color illus.
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