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Mary Frank

De Cordova Museum; Nielsen Gallery

Two concurrent exhibitions of Mary Frank’s work showed the artist to be fluent and poetic in graphic art, as well as in her usual medium of sculpture. The De Cordova Museum launched the traveling survey “Natural Histories: Mary Frank’s Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings,” and the Nielsen Gallery housed a small-scale, companion exhibition, “Sources: Drawings by Mary Frank.” The Nielsen show displayed dozens of drawings, dating from 1970 through 1987, which emphasized the powerfully expressionist quality of Frank’s studies. Vigorous ink drawings of human figures and animals in motion, such as Two Bulls, 1971, conveyed the artist’s facility with strong, robust line. The more formally arranged De Cordova exhibition, Frank’s second retrospective since 1970, offered significant insight into the powerful visual relationship between Frank’s drawing and sculpture. The museum exhibition, with more than

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