Natalie Frank

b. 1980

Born in Austin, Texas, 1980; Lives and works in New York, New York

The drawings became this place where I could commit crimes and transgressions, where I could do what I wanted and let go of the idea of painting or drawing from life. — Natalie Frank

Artwork

Exhibitions

06.27–08.09.2019
Group Show
Salon 94 Bowery

Paint, Porcelain And Pulp

05.02–05.05.2019
Group Show
Frieze New York

Frieze NY 2019

Biography

Natalie Frank (b. 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist whose gouache and chalk pastel drawings, paper paintings, work in artistic design in performance, and, more recently, ceramics, focus on the intersection of sexuality and violence in feminist portraiture. Frank’s portraits of women draw on overlooked stories and storytellers in literature that spans erotica to fairy tales. She engages with contemporary discourse around themes of SnM, female authorship, fantasy and shifting societal power structures. Frank has produced a number of books, including O (Lucia Marquand, 2018), which visualizes tales from the sex positive feminist and revolutionary 1954
French erotic novel, Story of O; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Princeton University Press, 2017); and Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Damiani, 2015). In May, Princeton University Press will publish Frank’s fourth book, The Island of Happiness: Tales of Madame d’Aulnoy. This summer, Frank’s selection of drawings from all of her publications and series will be shown in Unbound, a survey exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI), which will travel to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (OH) in January 2022; these exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Alison Gingeras.

Recent museum exhibitions include: Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and
Beyond
, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs (NY); In the Collection, Yale Women Alumni, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (CT); Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, curated by Emily Stamey, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC), travelling to the Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell (IA) and the Akron Art Museum, Akron (OH); Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm at the Drawing Center, New York (NY) in 2015, which traveled to the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (TX) and University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington (2016).

CV

Press

12.21.2020
Pioneering fairytale author D'Aulnoy gets a rare English edition to herself
Alison Flood

The Guardian

03.27.2019
Mayhem and Murder Star in a Fairy Tale Ballet
Kelly Crow

The Wall Street Journal

03.27.2019
Fashioning a Fairy Tale
Kelly Crow

The Wall Street Journal

01.15.2019
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman, Artist Natalie Frank Team for ‘Grimm Tales’ Ballet
Kristen Tauer

WWD

06.06.2018
What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
Jillian Steinhauer

The New York Times

06.06.2018
Natalie Frank Tells The Story of “O” at Half Gallery
Katy Donoghue

Whitewall

05.27.2018
Natalie Frank’s Fairy Tale for Adults Only
John Yau

Hyperallergic

04.18.2018
When a Feminist Artist Is Censored by a Feminist Gallery
Carl Swanson

Vulture

03.28.2018
Natalie Frank on Fairy Tales and the Pornographic Imagination
Margaret Carrigan

Elephant

11.13.2017
For Women Artists, the Art World Can Be a Minefield
Natalie Frank

ARTNews

06.08.2017
Painter Natalie Frank on What New York City’s Dominatrix Community Taught Her About Art
Sarah Cascone

Artnet News

04.14.2015
A Fairytale Nightmare
Emily McDermott

Interview Magazine

04.01.2014
Natalie Frank by Dasha Shishkin
Dasha Shishkin

BOMB Magazine