In these images, everything seems to be happening at once, as if a
swirl of disparate actions...were sweeping one along without
allowing time to question things. As in the tales themselves, the
accent is more on the wonder at strange and possibly
incomprehensible events than on revulsion or regret over their
often dire consequences. No one's identity is securely established,
no contradiction disallowed in Frank's magical realism.--Barry
Schwabsky "Artforum "
Frank takes the stories apart to uncover their most sinister
scenes, rendering them with surreal, nightmarish flourishes.
Digging into their subtexts, Frank unmasks these tales as the
twisted, misogynistic fantasies they always were.--Paul Laster
"Time Out New York "
The numinous, jarring color and attention to gleefully monstrous
details is masterful. Certainly no other artist of her generation
has done as much with pastel. Drawing is central to her work, and
with that comes the possibility of inventiveness.--John Yau
Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Drawings by Natalie Frank is an
impressive tome with marvelous attention to detail. Frank's work is
represented in private collections and museums in the United
States. This book has all of the makings and quality to become a
collector's item for people who enjoy books that are beautifully
printed and filled with commanding illustrations.--Richard Rivera
"New York Journal of Books "
It was always a toss-up as to which was more alarming--the stories
themselves or the beautiful, terrifying drawings--but I'm so
excited to have this book on my shelves for a long time to
come.--Hilary Lawlor "The Improbable "
Frank's illustration -- included in the ravishing book Tales from
the Brothers Grimm: Drawings by Natalie Frank but unfortunately
omitted from the exhibition -- shows us his gruesome treasury, a
bazaar of dismembered limbs and human trophy heads arranged in a
room decorated with pretty stripes. A blue face with smelly-fish
eyes and a dumbly open mouth lingers in the memory.--Ariella Budick
"Financial Times "
Frank's paintings always tend to have a narrative feel to them
anyway-the experience akin to reading some kind of meticulous and
elegant horror comic book, with the panels stacked on top of each
other, Bacon's popes meet Guernica-but here every page dances with
color and emotion.--Dan Duray "ARTnews "
When looking at the stunningly impressionistic paintings of Natalie
Frank, you wouldn't immediately guess that you're staring into the
world of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Yet that is indeed the subject matter
of her latest gallery show, aptly titled The Brothers Grimm, though
not without the wildly evocative and dark touch of Frank's lurid
imagination.--Jake Boyer "Milk Made "
Represented by Chicago dealer Rhona Hoffman and L.A. dealers ACME,
the artist has set herself apart with traditional painting
techniques that she fuses with modern abstract styles and a vibrant
palette. Her work often explores contemporary discourse on the
body, feminism, sexuality, the grotesque, and the domestic sphere.
For the Grimms, her characters are raw, at times rough, and always
a study in opposites: soft and sensual flesh, with piercing
realistic eyes, caught up in furious line work, contorted bodies,
and violent tragedy. But like the stories themselves, all the
images still contain a bit of humor.--Alanna Martinez "Observer
The lurid palette--rich in pinks, greens, blues, and
yellows--creates the phantasmagoric atmosphere: part haunted house,
part fun house. Animals and humans are frequently embedded within
the same distorted figures. Nudity is common. Eyes, arms, and other
body parts float in midair. Skeletons lounge next to the
living.--Katya Kazakina "Bloomberg News "