About the Work
We’re honored to have collaborated with Natalie Frank to release a series of artworks in tandem with The FLAG Art Foundation, alongside the launch of the artist’s book The Wounded Storyteller: The Traumatic Tales of E.T.A. Hoffman, published by Yale University Press.
The Wounded Storyteller celebrates the legacy of E.T.A. Hoffman, German writer of beloved magical realist classics like the Nutcracker and the Sandman. A fully-illustrated art book with drawings by Frank on each page, it was designed by Marian Bantjes and includes a foreword by Karen Russell, as well as an introduction and translations by Jack Zipes.
Inspired by Frank's remarkable visuals in The Wounded Storyteller, we collaborated with the artist to create a limited edition series of six prints. Additionally, we're thrilled to be offering Hoffman’s Tales, an exclusive Collector's Edition custom boxed set, which includes all six limited edition prints, as well as a stunning hand-finished work based on Frank's drawing of Hoffman's The Golden Pot. Please note the Hoffman’s Tales Collector Edition will launch exclusively at The FLAG Art Foundation on June 3rd. It is extremely limited, with only five sets in existence.
Frank has long bridged the ether between text and image. With a particular penchant for unearthing feminist narratives otherwise obscured by history, Frank has channeled historical and contemporary women’s oral and literary tales into visual stories since 2011, when she undertook drawings of the unsanitized Grimm’s tales. This became her first show of drawing, her first museum show that originated at The Drawing Center (New York, NY) traveled to the Blanton Museum (Austin, TX) and the University of Kentucky Art Museum (Lexington, KY), as well as her first book, Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Drawings by Natalie Frank, Damiani, 2015. Since then she has explored tales of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, those of Madame d’Aulnoy, and the Story of O.
Folklore and fairy tales hold particular fascination for Frank, who examines these universally-known arcs from a contemporary vantage point, employing abstraction and figuration to explore the shadowed nuances of archetypal language. Recalling oral tradition, Frank’s images appear to undergo continual transformation — swirling, indeterminate, open to imaginative interpretation. Amidst her dreamlike universe of alchemical colors, chalk pastel-sketched delineations, and roving compositions, there are sharp moments of clarity. Often, it’s the eyes, rendered with a knowing and realistic gleam, that suggest that souls remain clear, even within environments that threaten disintegration, obfuscation, or erasure.
Natalie Frank (b. 1980, Austin, TX) has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Miles McEnery (New York) opening on June 8th, 2023. The artist has held previous exhibitions at The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), Fort Worth Modern, Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven), FLAG Art Foundation (New York), Half Gallery (New York), Blum & Poe (Los Angeles), Salon 94 (New York), and Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago), among many others. Frank is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the Fulbright Scholarship. Her work is included in permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Hall Art Foundation (Reading, VT), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and Yale University Art Museum (New Haven). Frank earned her BA from Yale University in 2002 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2006. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Authentication & Resale
Signed and numbered by the artist en verso.
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