The official 2016 Woodstock Film Festival poster designed by renowned artist Mary Frank, was unveiled on Saturday at the Elena Zang Gallery, in Shady, NY.
The 2016 Woodstock Film Festival will run October 13 to 16, 2016.
“Mary Frank has been described at times as a visual poet, and indeed her artwork for this year’s Woodstock Film Festival poster can be interpreted as an ode to the filmmakers’ creative spirit, spreading its wings and soring up high,” said Woodstock Film Festival’s co-founder and executive director Meira Blaustein. “We are honored to have the 2016 poster designed by one of today’s most passionate and expressive artists.”
Past poster artists for the Woodstock Film Festival include Joy Buran and Noelle Melody (2015), Michael Dubois (2014), Scott Michael Ackerman (2013), Bill Miller (2012), Kathy Ruttenberg (2011), Portia Munson (2010), Milton Glaser (2009), Karen Whitman (2008), Peter Max (2007), and many others.
On hand for the presentation were four past poster artists including Joy Buran and Noelle Melody (2015), Kathy Ruttenberg (2011), and Karen Whitman (2008).
Mary Frank was born in London, in 1933 and moved to the United States at the age of seven. Over the course of Frank’s career, she has worked in many mediums and materials, most notably with her monoprints, drawings, sculpture, painting and photography. As described by art critic John Yau, Frank paints “elemental worlds largely inhabited by women (men, plants and animals) who are maenads, oracles, winged creatures and warriors –solitary and self-sustaining beings…(her) photographs of tableaus, which she assembles out of a variety of works she has made in different mediums, are all in pursuit of further defining the conditions of a mythic world.” -John Yau
Mary Frank has been the subject of numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions over the years. Hayden Herrera is the author of Mary Frank, a major survey of Mary Frank’s work that was published in 1990 by Abrams, New York. Shadows of Africa, a collaboration between the artist and poet Peter Matthiessen, was published by Abrams in 1992.