Spring arrives at the Rose Art Museum

New exhibitions for the spring season open Feb. 11, including an examination of Helen Frankenthaler and new pieces recently acquired by the museum

Photo/Courtesy, Gagosian Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Flirt, 1995, acrylic on paper, Collection: Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, © Copyright 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The weather may tell you otherwise, but spring has arrived inside the Rose Art Museum.

The museum’s spring galleries highlight an exhibition focused on painter Helen Frankenthaler and another that shows off some of the museum’s newest acquisitions. An opening reception will be held Feb. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m., and the museum opens officially for the spring Feb. 11.

“Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler” features works by Frankenthaler and more than two dozen other artists, including Grace Hartigan, Jane Freilicher, Andy Warhol and Sam Gilliam. Curated by Katy Siegel, the exhibition offers a new 50-year perspective of modern art.

“How might it change our vision of the history of postwar American art to start with a female artist? How might it look seen through the lens of Helen Frankenthaler, whose paintings and image in the popular media take in so many of the questions modernism has suppressed? Beginning in 1950 and ending in 2015,” Siegel said.

For more on “Pretty Raw,” read the Boston Globe’s preview.

The “New Acquisitions” exhibition features work that has entered the Rose’s collection in the last 18 months. Curated by Chris Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose, the exhibition focuses on abstract painting and sculpture by African Americans with an emphasis on work made in the 1970s.

“Painting Blind” is the final in a series of three researched-based exhibitions at the Rose. It features works by Willem de Kooning, Maria Lassnig, Frank Auerbach, and Georg Baselitz that deliberately blur touch and vision, bodily experience and image. It was also curated by Siegel.

The Rose Video Gallery features “Bully” by photographer and videographer Gillian Wearing, which explores the psyche of bullies and their victims. “Bully” will be on display until March 8. The spring galleries will be open until June 7.

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