Hybrid Vigor: Frankenthaler and Ravel, Part of the “Hearing Color, Seeing Time” Series

To the right of the piano, hung on the far wall of the space, was the ravishing 103 x 172.5 inch acrylic on canvas. The Frankenthaler abstract painting dominated the space with a wash of undulating colors and shapes. Rothenberg opened with commentary about the connections between these two works of art explaining that while it’s challenging to talk about abstract works, as Baudelaire wrote, sometimes the combination of two difficult pieces can clarify and reveal the heart of the works.

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