Ever Then and Now
September 1 - October 31, 2021
Gaa Gallery Provincetown
Gaa Gallery is pleased to present Ever Then and Now, a selection of sculptures, prints, and works on paper by artist and activist Mary Frank. Opening today at Gaa Gallery, Ever Then and Now is on view through October 31.
Known for her emotionally resonant works, Mary Frank is a British-born American artist whose work spans the last 70 years and can be characterized by her intense interest in exploring the act of creation itself. Rather than preferring one medium over another, Mary’s work openly explores the narrative capacities of art and investigates the material and physical forms of emotion. About her work, Mary states, “I hope the work looks and speaks to the viewer.” Conveying fundamental aspects of experience, Mary’s work conveys the emotional and physical impact of memory, loss, grief, sorrow, desire, joy, and resilience.
On September 1, Gaa Gallery will present a selection of early and recent work, including drawings, lithographs, monotypes, and ceramic and plaster sculptures from the collection of Suzanne and Maurice Vanderwoude. In these works, the figure is rendered in motion while surrounded by sometimes sparse landscapes filled with texture and delicately rendered flora, animals, insects, fish, and birds. In her sculptural works, Mary uses clay, plaster, and bronze in experimental ways, often combining aspects of carving, modeling, and hand-building. Similarly, her works on paper and in print are rendered in a style that weaves through moments of openness and lightness, weight and density, surface and incision.
Mary Frank (b. 1933 London, England) is a visual artist based in New York City and Bearsville, New York. A student of Max Beckmann and Hans Hoffman, Mary’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 1990 a major survey of Mary Frank’s work was written by Hayden Herrera and published by Harry N. Abrams. In 2000, the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY, presented Encounters, a major traveling retrospective accompanied by a book by Linda Nochlin. Mary’s work is in the collection of numerous institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. In 2022 Mary’s work will be featured in a retrospective at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY. She is represented by DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY and Elena Zang Gallery, Bearsville, NY.