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Mary Frank received her first set of carving tools from her mother, the painter Eleanore Lockspeiser, who enlisted Frank’s help to carve wooden frames for her canvases. Later, as a young wife and mother, Frank struggled to find her own artistic voice, studiously ignoring the influence of “rock stars” like Willem de Kooning who lived across the family’s backyard. Following studies with Max Beckmann and Hans Hofmann at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Frank returned to wood carving in the mid-1950s. As seen in The Apparition, her abstracted forms highlight the raw, rooted qualities of her chosen material, and she favored evocative titles that were both figurative and vaguely surreal.
Oak, wax finish and reddish stain
67 × 27 1/2 × 29 in. (170.2 × 69.9 × 73.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Jerome Goodman
© Mary Frank
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Mary Frank (American, born 1933). The Apparition, 1959. Oak, wax finish and reddish stain, 67 × 27 1/2 × 29 in. (170.2 × 69.9 × 73.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jerome Goodman, 70.10a-e. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.10a-e_bw.jpg)
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