Turner Contemporary:

Helen Frankenthaler: Masterworks

Available on Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Go and Oculus Rift.

In 2014, the Turner Contemporary, in Margate, England, held a temporary exhibition pairing the painting of 19th-century British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner (1771–1851) with that of post-war American artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011). Boulevard’s experience Helen Frankenthaler: Masterworks features ten Frankenthaler paintings, made between 1963 and 1992, which appeared in that show.

Users can move around the gallery space and study any painting, as well as a 1969 Ernst Haas black & white photograph of Frankenthaler. A zoom feature for all objects allows for close looking. A tablet offers extended written labels and information about the Turner Contemporary. The audio narration is voiced by award-winning author Neil Gaiman.

By activating the “double Os” to the left of the photograph, users can step back in time and move through Frankenthaler’s 1960s New York City studio, where she produced some of her most vibrant, groundbreaking work. Though this workspace no longer exists, it has been faithfully recreated in black & white to foster a deeper understanding of the artist’s environment and process. Audio narration by Boulevard Senior Editor and former Museum of Modern Art Associate Educator, Larissa Bailiff focuses on Frankenthaler’s experimental techniques and use of materials. Users can advance a virtual slide projector to see the progression of one painting through a sequence of photographs of the artist at work.

Award-winning author Neil Gaiman brings these artworks to life. Listen to him discuss each painting or read the corresponding extended label.