The Merchant House inaugural exhibition dedicated to the art of the American painter Jan Frank (b. Amsterdam, 1951), the artist’s first show in Amsterdam in over 20 years. The exhibition presented historical Plywood Paintings, 1993-1998, and important new work.
Inaugural Exhibition Seeing is Reliving: Celebrating Jan Frank 10.10.2013 – 01.31.2014 The Merchant House dedicated its inaugural exhibition to the art of Jan Frank, the artist’s first show in Amsterdam in over 20 years. The exhibition was focused on the Plywood Paintings from 1993– 1998 but also presented important new work. Given Jan Frank’s international stature, with numerous solo shows and curatorial projects in New York City and internationally over three decades, his presence in Amsterdam was long overdue. The exhibition was accompanied by the publication “Jan Frank: The Plywood Paintings 1993-1998”. About Jan Frank Jan Frank (b.1951) is an American painter of Dutch origin. He was born in Amsterdam and first exhibited his work in New York at The Kitchen in 1977 with a large-scale video installation. Frank’s works are in major public and private collections, and he has had numerous solo shows throughout the United States and Europe. Frank’s last show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York was listed (No. 3) in 2011’s Top Ten in Painting by Art In America magazine. In nominating Frank, the famous art writer, Raphael Rubenstein, referred to his work’s delicate entanglements, abrasive lyricism, and sensuality. Contrasting and comparing the work to the best since De Kooning, he wrote: “It’s hard to believe [Frank] achieves such density with only ink and correction fluid, or that his apparently abstract work is generated by drawing from nude models.” Jan Frank lives and works in New York City. Jan Frank From The Rolling Series (7), 2001