Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm

April 10–June 28, 2015
Drawing Room, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 16, 6–8pm

Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm will also be on view from
July 11–November 15, 2015 at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin
May 7-July 31, 2016 at the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, Kentucky.

New York – The Drawing Center will present Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm in which Frank applies her visual and psychological acumen to that most evocative and misunderstood of literary forms, the fairytale—specifically the stories of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Only a few contemporary artists have worked with the fairytale genre; fewer still have systematically interrogated the complexity of these tales and the way in which they address social and sexual mores that continue to have relevance today. What Frank found upon perusing the original, unsanitized stories were eccentric narratives alive with sexuality and violence; stories in which the female characters in particular undergo vast emotional, physical, and intellectual transformations.

Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm will present twenty-five drawings out of a total of seventy-five images dealing with thirty-six tales. The drawings are executed in gouache and chalk pastel—the first time that Frank has worked exclusively in this medium—producing both gritty and luminous surface effects. Engaging the intersection between body and mind, reality and fantasy, the series can be seen as a contemporary, feminist reimagining of a symbolist legacy. Laminated transcriptions of the stories depeicted will be available for perusal. Curated by Claire Gilman, Curator.


Tuesday, April 21 6.30pm Artist talk about the Grimm's drawings and book at The New York Academy of Art, with a book signing to follow. The New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St., New York, NY 10013

Thursday, April 30, 7pm–9pm at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. Present your receipt from your visit to the Drawing Center exhibition for free admission. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum will host an evening with Natalie Frank and guests. A panel discussion about fairy tales, sexuality, Feminism, and Frank’s recent work will feature the artist, Drawing Center Curator Claire Gilman, renowned art historian Linda Nochlin, and fairy tale expert Jack Zipes. Readings of select Grimm’s tales will follow the panel. Readers include Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist and feminist sage Ariel Levy. After the program, the artist will be on hand to sign copies of her newly published book Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published by Damiani and distributed by DAP.

Saturday, July 11, 3pm at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX. Artist in conversation with Blanton Museum curator Veronica Roberts, organizer of Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm.



The Drawing Center is the only not-for-profit fine arts institution in the country to focus solely on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. It was established in 1977 to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.

35 Wooster Street between Broome and Grand Streets in SoHo, New York.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 12pm–6pm, Thursday, 12pm–8pm.


The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is the art museum and research center of the University of Texas at Austin. The museum is one of the largest university art museums in the United States, housing some 17,000 works from Europe, the United States and Latin America. The Blanton Museum of Art has announced that it will acquire and construct Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, a 73 x 60 foot stone building to be sited on the grounds of the Blanton at The University of Texas at Austin.


200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday, 11am–5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.
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Cinderella I, 2011-4,
Gouache and chalk pastel on paper
Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin.
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