On view at the Blanton Museum of Art through November 15, 2015, Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm features more than 30 gouache and pastel drawings by artist Natalie Frank, a New York-based Austin native. This presentation explores the nineteenth-century fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, including well-known stories such as Cinderella and Snow White, and more obscure tales such as The Lettuce Donkey and The Ungrateful Son. Written between 1812 and 1857, and subsequently translated into more than 160 languages, the Grimm’s fairy tales are known and loved by children the world over. What is less known is that these stories were originally intended for adults, with later editions expunged of sexuality and violence. For this body of work, Frank uses the original, often graphic versions of the narratives as a point of departure, examining the vast emotional, physical, and intellectual transformation of the stories’ female characters. Frank renders key scenes from each fairy tale, investigating the ways in which they address gender, sexuality, and complex familial dynamics.
Learn more about the exhibition on the Blanton’s website.