Mary Frank

1933 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Mary Frank is an established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Mary Frank was born in 1933. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Andrews and Bridget Rilet.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mary Frank's work is available on display in several galleries listed on Artland. Some of those galleries are DC Moore Gallery, Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art, as well as Skoto Gallery in New York, the United States. Mary Frank most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at DC Moore Gallery in New York with the exhibition ¿Or Was It Like This?. The exhibition was open from 08 January 2020 until 07 February 2020. Mary Frank's work has also been exhibited during the Contemporary American works on paper exhibition at Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art in New York, the United States (15 May 2019 - 27 June 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Mary Frank

Mary Frank was born in 1933 and was largely influenced by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Mary Frank

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