Detail View

Code Blue
Date: 1980
Culture: American
Dimensions: image: 6 ft. 7 1/4 in. x 14 ft. 2 1/4 in. (201.3 x 432.4 cm) frame: 6 ft. 8 1/4 in. x 14 ft. 3 1/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. (203.8 x 435 x 6 cm)
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Credit Line: Purchase, National Endowment for the Arts Matching Museum Purchase Grant and donation from anonymous donor
Label Text: Helen Frankenthaler used this immense, color-washed canvas to evoke a mood or emotion in the viewer. This painting was created on the floor of her studio with large brushes, mops, brooms, and buckets. Frankenthaler challenged traditional painting techniques using thin washes of paint juxtaposed with clumps of pigment. Her absorbent, unprimed canvases allowed the layers of paint to soak into the picture surface. Code Blue’s bluish-green stains provide a murky depth that absorbs and contains us.
Object Number: 1979/80.82
Currently on view