Mary Frank, over the course of her artistic career, has worked in sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her work has been collected by nearly every major American museum including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Frank’s pioneering clay sculpture of the 1970s was especially concerned with the linear interconnections of sculptural fragments and torn edges. Frank often incorporated striated markings and gouges into the clay surface, which was almost always unglazed, allowing the natural textures and colors of the material to be revealed.
Frank has illustrated and collaborated on several books, including Skies in Blossom: The Mature Poetry of Emily Dickinson; Shadows of Africa, by Peter Matthiessen and Mary Frank; and Desert Quartet, an Erotic Landscape, by Terry Tempest Williams and Mary Frank. She is, and has been for most of her adult life, a committed advocate for social and political change regarding such issues as the environment, AIDS, nuclear disarmament, and human rights, both as an artist and an activist.
Pictured: Three Dancers, 1981