Nicholas Frank

b. 1967 Milwaukee, WI, USA



Recent highlights


Up & Down, painting & textile project for Cumulus Studios (New York) at Untitled art fair, Miami, FL

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL (group exhibition)

Nicholas Frank and Brooke Kanther on David Foster Wallace: A Correspondence, Whitney Museum Biennial 2014 (catalogue essay)

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation: Conversation, curated/published by Michelle Grabner with Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (catalogue)

John Riepenhoff: Outside, Marlborough Broome Street, New York (exhibition mini-essay)

Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Paula Marincola & Peter Nesbett, eds. (contributor)

Endless Outskirts, Artist solo booth project for Green Gallery (Milwaukee) at NADA New York

Peregrine was great…, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL (solo exhibition)

The Decenter of the Universe, Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey, Institute of Visual Arts Milwaukee, WI (retrospective catalogue essay)



Solo exhibitions & projects


2013

Endless Outskirts, Artist solo booth project for Green Gallery (Milwaukee) at NADA NYC,
New York

Peregrine was great…, Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL


2012

The Secret Choreographer: For Lost Walls, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

The Secret Choreographer: Atopical Bandaids, John Riepenhoff Experience at Pepin Moore,
Los Angeles, CA

Spiraling Jeté (Down), Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Spiraling Jeté (Up), Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


2011

Sequel’s (The apostrophe is deliberate), The Green Gallery at 47 Canal, NYC


2010

The Poor Farm, Little Wolf, WI

NARRATOR, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


2009

Reality, whatever that is…, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL


2008

Kind of Abject, Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, WI


2004

Meeting the Suitabilians, Suitable Gallery, Chicago, IL

A Few Snapshots From History, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL


2002

Plat & Form: The Portable Hermetic Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
Eau Claire, WI


2000

Nicholas Frank: Biography, Riverwest Art Works, Milwaukee, WI


1998

Nicholas Frank: Sculpture, Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison, WI

Inova (Gallery Video), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (catalogue essay by
David Robbins)


1996

One on One, Chicago Project Room, Chicago, IL



Two-person exhibitions


2008

Dead Center/Marginal Notes: Lockett & Hermetic, curated by John Neff, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL


2006

Peter Barrickman & Nicholas Frank, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI



Group exhibitions


2014

A Study in Mid-west Appropriation, Curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park Art Center, September 29, 2013 - January 12, 2014


2013

Up & Down, Booth design, painting & textile project for Cumulus Studios (New York) at Untitled art fair (Miami, FL)

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL)


2012

MKE><LAX, organized by Sara Daleiden, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI


2011

Dressing the Monument, (with Tobias Madison, Hannah Weinberger, John Miller, et. al.),
curated by Piper Marshall and John Riepenhoff, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI

Augurari project booth, MIA Art Fair, Miami, FL


2010

Strange Stories, (with Deb Sokolow, Ben Stone, et. al.), Space 301, Mobile, AL (curated by
Scott Speh)


2009

Picturing the Studio, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

The Great Poor Farm Experiment, The Poor Farm, Manawa, WI

Halbjahresgaben, Tanzschule, Munich, DE

Untitled (Field Work), O’Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL


2008

Hard Times, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

20059721410002200, Small A Projects, New York, NY


2006

On Platforming, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

___________: a daisy chain of videos, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI


2004

Drunk vs Stoned, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York, NY

Books and Shelves, Arts Center at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

This Thing We Do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

The Stray Show, Western Exhibitions (booth), Chicago, IL


2003

Subject Index, by Cindy Loehr, The Pond, Chicago, IL

Hysterical Pastoral, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL


2002

Pretending to Pretend, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN


1998

No Budget Films from No Budget Galleries, 57 Hope, Brooklyn, NY

The Harry Carey Show, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


1997

10,000 Lincoln Cheese Logs, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Carlton College, MN

New Wisconsin Photography II, Milwaukee Art Museum (catalogue)


1996

Prep, curated by Brad Killam, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

SPF 10, curated by Brad Killam, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

Clip, Page for M/E/A/N/I/N/G magazine, New York, NY, eds. Susan Bee, Mira Schor
(Vol. 19/20)

hush, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL


1995

Stationwagon, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI

Generation X: New Art From Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum (catalogue)


1991

Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milw., WI



Selected Bibliography


2012

Third Coast Digest. Moriarity, Judith Ann. "We’re in this Together: “Spiraling Jete (Up)” at Green Gallery East". April 2


MKE <-> LAX." Interview with Nicholas Frank". July


Amy White, “Inventing history: Nicholas Frank takes a flying leap into self-mythology,” The Independent Weekly, Vol. 29 No. 11 (14 MAR 2012), p. 25 (also Indyweek.com)


2011

Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field” Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia, PA (website)

Amanda McCorquodale, “Best Art From Miami International Art Fair,” Cultist – Miami’s Culture Blog, Miami New Times


2010

Adam Robinson, “Green Gallery Press Is,” HTMLGiant.com


2009

Dan Gunn, “Recommended: Nicholas Frank/Western Exhibitions,” New City, Chicago

Pedro Velez, “Report from Milwaukee,” Artnet.com


2008

David Velasco, “Fair Enough,” Artforum.com / scene & herd

Donald Morgan, “Milwaukee International Art Fair,” ANP Magazine


2007

Brian Sholis, “Unknown Pleasures,” Artforum.com / scene & herd


2006

Matthew Higgs, “Best of 2006: New York,” Artforum International


2004

Terence Hanum, "Nicholas Frank & Pedro Velez at Western Exhibitions" Panel House, Chicago


2003

Mary Louise Schumacher, "Art seen" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fred Camper, "Ah, Wilderness" Chicago Reader

Robert Waelchli, "'Gallery' has big travel plans after Eau Claire". The Spectator, Eau Claire, WI

Doug Hanson, "No Name's group show saved by two solo exhibitions," Minneapolis Star Tribune

Susan Snodgrass, "Report from Milwaukee: Poised to Soar?," Art in America, New York

Michelle Grabner, "Wireless in Wisconsin: the Hermetic Radio Hour," Frieze, London


2001

Brad Killam, "Nicholas Frank: Biography" New Art Examiner, Chicago

Mary Louise Schumacher, "Milwaukee as Canvas" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


2000

David Robbins, "Top Ten List" (#6, Hermetic Gallery) Artforum International, New York


1999

Debra Brehmer, "Wisconsin Triennial," Shepherd Express Weekly, Milwaukee


1997

Janice T. Paine, "Art with a light touch ..." Cue Section (cover), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brad Killam, "Nicholas Frank: One On One," Sculpture Magazine



Visiting Artist, Residencies, Awards & Honors


2013

Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Art Department Visiting Artists Program


2012

Visiting Artist, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture program, Richmond, VA

Residency, MKE><LAX, Milwaukee/Los Angeles

Award, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund


2010

Visiting Artist, Voices Lecture Series, University of Illinois-Chicago


2007

Award, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund


2004

Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Art History


1999

Visiting Artist, Northwestern University, Graduate Studio Arts, Evanston, IL

Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Interlink program



Curatorial


Curator

Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA)

December 2006-July 2011


Exhibition highlights:


Ernesto Oroza: Architecture of Necessity (20 AUG - 26 SEP 2010); Cuban emigré conceptual documentarian who collects examples of “technological disobedience” or improvised tool-making in the limited economic climate of Havana, and makes new designed objects based on this research.

Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism (5 FEB - 18 APR 2010); The first exhibition of Frac (Fonds régionale d’art contemporain) in the USA, built around conceptual architect Yona Friedman and French contemporary sculpture. The exhibition toured to the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks, 1982-2010 (8 MAY - 8 AUG 2010); First retrospective survey exhibition, toured to ICA at UPenn, Jan.-Mar. 2012; Luckman Gallery at CSU-Los Angeles. Edited the accompanying catalogue.

Jefferson Pinder: Anthology (25 FEB - 14 JUN 2009); Washington D.C.-based video and performance artist’s first survey exhibition.

Eugenio Espinoza (8 AUG - 28 SEP 2008); First retrospective survey for this important early Venezuelan conceptualist (sculpture as performance), a student of Gégo.

___fabrics interseason (8 SEP - 14 OCT 2007); Viennese conceptual fashion duo.

Mary Lucier (14 - 29 APR 2007); presentation of early collaboration with Alvin Lucier.

Places of the Transcommon (14 - 29 APR 2007); Thematic study of the spiritual in contemporary art, featuring Helen Mirra, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Althea Thauberger, Corey McCorkle, Cindy Loehr, Steven Foster, Paul Calhoun



Independent Curator

2001-2006, 2011-present


Selected projects:


Milwaukeeists: 1996-2006 (12 SEP – 3 OCT 2013) Comprehensive archival look at a “scene” based on independent experimental venue-makers and artists, at Lawton Gallery University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Forrest Myers: Domesticated Monumentalism and Forrest Myers: Scaling the Wall
(1 SEP – 31 DEC 2013) Dual exhibition encompassing three decades of sculptural work and “furniture sculpture” at Lynden Sculpture Garden and Green Gallery, Milwaukee.


2011 Nohl Fellowships Exhibition (30 SEP – 16 DEC 2012) Annual showcase of established and emerging Milwaukee-area artists who were awarded this prestigious fellowship, at Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA), Milwaukee.


Milwaukee International Art Fairs (MAY 2006 / MAY & OCT 2008 / APR 2009 / MAY 2010) Experimental-critical art fairs that examined the social nature of art, commerce and the meaning and vitality of “marginal” cultures (Co-organized with Milwaukee International members Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder and John Riepenhoff), held at Polish Falcons Beer Hall/Falcon Bowl (Milwaukee), Swiss Institute (New York), Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne), “No Soul for Sale” at Tate Modern (video entry).


Plat and Form: The Portable Hermetic Gallery (OCT 2002) “Platforming”-based art exhibition, with symposium, radio show, lecture, performances by artists affiliated with the Hermetic Gallery & environs, at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foster Gallery.



Hermetic Gallery

November 1993-September 2001


Programming highlights:


Jessica Jackson Hutchins/Pedro Velez (MAY 2000); first major show for both artists

Gaylen Gerber & Adrian Schiess (FEB 1999)

David Shrigley (NOV 1997); first American solo show

Michelle Grabner (FEB 1996); first solo show

Carla Arocha (MAY 1996); a group of drawings and paintings

Arturo Herrera (OCT 1995); second solo show

Paul Druecke (APR 1994, SEP 1999); first & second solo shows

Hermetic Lecture Series (1999-2001); Esteemed lecturers talking on topics outside their normal range of expertise

Hermetic Radio Hour (2001); Public radio show on visual art



Writing & Publishing (selected)


2014

Nicholas Frank and Brooke Kanther on David Foster Wallace: A Correspondence, Whitney Biennial 2014 catalogue (forthcoming)

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation: Conversation, curated/published by Michelle Grabner with Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, catalogue (forthcoming)

John Riepenhoff: Outside, Marlborough Broome Street, New York (exhibition mini-essay)

Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Paula Marincola & Peter Nesbett, eds. (contributor)


2013

The Decenter of the Universe, Michelle Grabner: The INOVA Survey retrospective catalogue, Institute of Visual Arts (Milwaukee)


2012

Interview with Ester Partegas and Santiago Cucullu for “GosSaMer” catalogue publication forthcoming 2014, Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee)


2003-2005

Street Cave International, Publisher and Editor of Milwaukee-based art and culture newsletter (seven issues)


2005

A General Theory of Platforming, NYFA.org, essay


2004

Andrea Zittel at Milwaukee Art Museum, Sculpture Vol. 23. No. 9, Washington,

D.C. (review)


2003

Brooks Stevens at Milwaukee Art Museum, Art Papers Vol. 27, No. 6, Atlanta (review)

Rodney Graham: The Optimist’s Lupe, InterReview online magazine Vol. 1 Issue 1, Chicago (essay)


2002

Museums for a New Millennium at Milwaukee Art Museum, Sculpture Vol. 21 No. 10, Washington, D.C. (review)

Your Own Inner Art Scene, New Art Examiner Vol. 29, No. 5, Chicago (essay)

Michael Banicki: Statistical Abstractions of the United States, New Art Examiner Vol. 28, No. 7, Chicago (cover story)


2000

Conceptual Pop: the 32nd Flavor (on David Robbins' Ice Cream Social), X-tra Magazine, Los Angeles (book review)

Arturo Herrera, Purple Number 5, Paris (essay)