NATALIE FRANK (b. 1980, Austin, TX) is a painter who explores relationships of power as they function within issues of identity, sexuality, religion, and history. The personal, political, and theatrical collide in her representations of the beautiful and the grotesque. Her paintings are peopled by figures of the in-between—characters ill-defined by gender and sexuality, reality and fantasy, presence and absence. In her paintings, life-sized figures assume a variety of roles, both allegorical and highly personal, which recur throughout the paintings. Blurring the lines between the perverse and the everyday, Frank's paintings engage the viewer as a complicit voyeur into their strange reality.
Frank received her MFA from Columbia in 2006 and BA from Yale University in 2002. In 2003-2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway. Frank’s work has been recognized for its strong figuration, confident brushwork, and brilliant color. Her raw, painterly canvases and works on paper reveal hidden layers and transform figures into hybrid or fantasmic creatures. Solo exhibitions include "Interiors and Openings" at Rhona Hoffman Gallery (2014); "The Scene of a Disappearance," ACME (2013), "The Governed and the Governors," Fredericks Freiser, New York (2012). Her first museum show, "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" focused on a body of 75 pastel and gouache drawings cast in a surrealist dreamscape based on the original, unsanatized Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The exhibition was organized by The Drawing Center, New York (April 10 - June 28, 2015) and traveled to The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (July 11 - November 15, 2015), and the University of Kentucky Art Museum (May 6 - July 31, 2016). The exhibitions are accompanied by an artist book published by Damiani and distributed by DAP, with essays by Linda Nochlin, Claire Gilman, Julie Taymor and an introduction by Jack Zipes.
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9/12/2014 - 10/25/2014
Interiors and Openings

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