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1Express herself Woodcut prints by the American abstract expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) are in the spotlight at an exhibition continuing at a London gallery this month.

Never seen in the UK, work ranging from her first woodcut in 1973, to her last work published in 2009 all challenge traditional notions of woodcut printmaking.

Helen Frankenthaler Imagining Landscapes continues at Gagosian until September 18.

Left Helen Frankenthaler (19282011) Essence Mulberry, 1977, © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / ARS, NY and DACS, London

Right Sophie TaeuberArp, Embroidery. c. 1920. Private collection

Below left Helen Frankenthaler (19282011) Madame Butterfly, 2000 © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / ARS, NY and DACS, London

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Far right Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Coloured Gradation, 1939, Kunstmuseum Bern

Right Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles, 1930, the Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) Tales of Genji V, 1998, © 2021

2Leading light Compositions, textiles and marionettes by the Swiss avant-garde artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) continue on show this month at London’s Tate Modern.

Bringing together more than 200 objects from collections across Europe and America, the exhibition, ending on October 17, shows how Taeuber-Arp blazed a path for abstraction.

After studying fine and applied arts in Munich, she began her career in Zurich, which was an international hub for the avant garde during WWI. Taeuber-Arp was active within Zurich dada, with her turnedwood Dada Heads among the most iconic artworks of the era.

3Carving out The life and work of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) is celebrated at a Warwickshire manor this month – part of a year-long series of events to commemorate the tercentenary of the renowned British woodcarver, often called the ‘Michelangelo of Wood.’

Centuries in the Making, from September 25 to January 30, 2022, at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, explores the genius and legacy of the legendary sculptor and craftsman, who died on August 3, 1721.

It is an ideal opportunity to view Gibbons’ work, usually only seen in situ in Britain’s royal palaces, including Windsor Castle; its most important churches (including St Paul’s Cathedral), and stately homes.

Below Limewood carvings by Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721), courtesy of Abingdon Town Hall Museum

Above Carvings at St Paul’s Cathedral, one of Gibbons’ most illustrious commissions © St Paul’s Cathedral


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