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Mary Frank (née Mary Lockspeiser; born in London, England, on February 4, 1933) is a visual artist known primarily as a sculptor, painter and printmaker/illustrator.
Frank is the only child of American painter, Eleanore Lockspeiser (1909–1986) and English musicologist and art critic, Edward Lockspeiser (1905–1973). During World War II, Mary was sent to live in Brooklyn, New York with her maternal grandpartents, Gregory and Eugenie Weinstein. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham from 1945 to 1947 and was admitted to the High School for Music and Art in New York. In 1949 she transferred to the Professional Children's School where she majored in dance. She met Swiss photographer, Robert Frank, whom she married in 1950. About this time she studied wood carving at Alfred van Loen's studio. She also studied drawing with Max Beckmann at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York and briefly with Hans Hofmann in 1951 and 1954 at Hofmann's Eighth Street School. By this time she had two children: Pablo (named after Picasso) born February 7, 1951, and Andrea, born April 21, 1954. After her husband, Robert Frank, gained a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955 she travelled with him and the children the following two years across the United States.
In 1969 Frank began her relationship with the Zabriskie Gallery in New York. Inspired by the sculpture and pottery of Margaret Ponce Israel, she began working in clay. She divorced Robert Frank in the same year. In 1973 she purchased a summer home in Lake Hill, New York and built her first kiln.
On December 28, 1974 her 21-year old daughter, Andrea, was killed in a plane crash in the Guatemalan jungle. About a year later her son Pablo developed Hodgkin's lymphoma and died on November 11, 1994 in Pennsylvania. Frank currently lives and works in Lake Hill and New York City. Since 1995, she is married to Leo Treltler, a pianist and music scholar.
Mary Frank's career spanned 5 decades. She was largely self-taught and never had any formal training as a sculptor. She was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984, the recipient of numerous awards and honors including two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Awards in 1973 and 1983, the Lee Krasner Award of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1993 and the Joan Mitchell Grant Award in 1995. In 1990 she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1994.
Currently she has works included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Art at Yale University and the Jewish Museum.
She has also produced many paintings and works in various other media, especially printmaking. Her works are in New York's Whitney Museum, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and many others.
DC Moore Gallery represents Frank. The gallery first exhibited her works in January 2008.
- Mary Frank: Recent Paintings and Pastels, 1996 (exhibition catalogue) http://www.dcmooregallery.com/publications/mary-frank-recent-paintings-and-pastels-1996 DC Moore Gallery, 1996
- Mary Frank: Recent Paintings and Pastels, 1998 (exhibition catalogue) http://www.dcmooregallery.com/publications/mary-frank-recent-paintings-and-pastels-1998 DC Moore Gallery, 1998
- Mary Frank: Experiences, 2003 (exhibition catalogue) http://www.dcmooregallery.com/publications/mary-frank-experiences-2003 DC Moore Gallery, 2003
- Mary Frank: Paintings and Works on Paper, 2006 (exhibition catalogue) http://www.dcmooregallery.com/publications/mary-frank-paintings-and-works-on-paper-2006 DC Moore Gallery, 2006
- Meeker, Carlene (1 March 2009). "MARY FRANK". http://jwa.org. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- "DC Moore Gallery, artist page". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Davenport, Ray, "Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, Gold Edition" (Ventura, California, 2005) ISSN 1540-1553; OCLC 18196910
- Nochlin, Linda; Mary Frank; and Judy Collischan; Mary Frank : encounters (Purchase, NY: Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York; New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000) ISBN 0-8109-6723-5; ISBN 0-934032-14-9; OCLC 43708504
- Mary Frank on National Public Radio
- Brooklyn Rail Mary Frank with John Yau
- Askart.com on Mary Frank, including IMAGES of several works
- Artcyclopedia on Mary Frank
- 1998 Art News article (review by critic Carol Diehl of Mary Frank's "Inscapes," an exhibition of paintings at D. C. Moore in New York)
- DC Moore Gallery artist page http://www.dcmooregallery.com/artists/mary-frank
- Art in America, May 2006, "Mary Frank at DC Moore" http://images.dcmooregallery.com/www_dcmooregallery_com/Frank_ArtinAmerica2006.jpg
- The New York Times, May 2011, "Sculpture in High Relief" http://images.dcmooregallery.com/www_dcmooregallery_com/Frank___NYTimes_Review_51911.pdf