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Lucy Baker Acrylic Painting on Canvas "Phantom"

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Lucy Baker (American, b. 1955)
Phantom, 1985
acrylic on canvas
inscribed to the verso; Lucy Baker/ ‘Phantom’/ ac/canvas/ April 1985, For Helen
33′ × 60′

The Lucy Baker and Kenworth Moffett Collection of New New Group Painters

Included with the painting is an exhibition catalog for Lucy Baker, 2002.

An acrylic painting on canvas titled Phantom by Lucy Baker, executed in April of 1985 for abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011). Thick gel substances have been added to the acrylic and laid densely with green, red and metallic silver pools intertwined with white abstract forms. Helen Frankenthaler was the leading female in the development of Pollock-type painting, uniting Pollock’s stained and bare canvases of 1951 with bright color. Her colors promoted a second wave of Color Field painting. Lucy was greatly inspired by Helen, who had picked this piece out herself to receive as a gift from Lucy.

Lucy was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1955. She received her B.A Fine Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, 1975 and her Certificate of Welding at Platt Tech. in Milford, Connecticut, 1977. She attended the Emma Lake workshop in 1980 as a guest of Kenworth Moffett. Member of the New New Painters, a group of artists brought together by the first curator of modern and contemporary art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Kenworth Moffett in 1978. Lucy has been the key figure for an entire movement of brilliant artists, the New New Painters, whom she has led both stylistically and in the use of the new acrylic paints and gels.


34.0" W x 61.5" H x 2.25" D

- measures with the box frame; canvas 33" W x 60" H.

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