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198 CULTURED Known for her surreal interiors and gritty off-kilter characters, Texan-born painter Natalie Frank has created bold works for a number of exhibitions around the world, including solo shows at Arndt & Partner in Zurich and the ACME in Los Angeles, as well as group exhibitions in New York, Istanbul and London. Frank graduated from Yale in studio art, and then spent a year in Sweden as a Fulbright Scholar before moving to New York to complete her Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University. In a remarkably short time, Frank's work has become highly coveted by collectors. She has recently completed (after three-and-a-half years) a series of illustrations of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, exploring how these stories relate to sexuality, identity and society. NATALIE FRANK "I just finished illustrating 'Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Drawings by Natalie Frank.' The book, published by Damiani, pairs 75 colored drawings with 36 of the Grimm's tales and accompanies my exhibition at The Drawing Center and at The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin." "I am looking forward to visiting Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this summer! I have never been and can't imagine a more beautiful setting for dance." "Lisa Yuskavage's drawings in her current show at Zwirner are startling! It took some time to figure out they were drawn on top of digital prints; they are beautifully loose and playful." "I have been looking at a lot of graphic artists, such as Basil Wolverton, Robert Crumb, Osamu Tezuka, and books by Gustave Doré and images by Hairy Who. Delving into this history has given me insight and certainly informed my own drawings, which are somewhere between graphic illustrations and paintings on paper." Lisa Yuskavage's, Bonfire, 2015 Cinderella II, 2011-2014 Yin Yue performing at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, 2012 Zhang Enli, The Water (9), 2014 Illustrations by Karl Wirsum from "The Portable Hairy Who," 1966 "Jack Shainman Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery and Hauser & Wirth often have museum-quality shows, and yet the work always feels fresh and exciting, like those of Zhang Enli at Hauser & Wirth. Each gallery creates a complex dialogue between past and present within the history of art. COURTESY OF PENTIMENTI PRODUCTIONS; © ZHANG ENLI; HAUSER & WIRTH; RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY (CHICAGO); ACME (LOS ANGELES); PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN; DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON

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