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
Paint, Porcelain And Pulp
Frieze NY 2019
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).
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