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Helen Frankenthaler
Small's Paradise
1964
acrylic
100 x 93 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George L. Erion



Helen Frankenthaler named this rhythmic painting after a celebrated New York cabaret. Also known as "Harlem's Home of Mirth and Music," Small's Paradise featured improvisational music called "gut-bucket," beautiful showgirls, dancing waiters, and Monday morning breakfast dances. Many New York artists, musicians, and writers frequented this center of Harlem nightlife.