Hans Frank

Cosmic Art

August 3 - September 22, 2024

Cosmos 1, 1980, watercolor, 18” x 23 1/2”, 1980 by Hans Frank

Curated by David Ebony and Jan Orluck
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 3rd from 5-7pm

When art critic and author David Ebony happened upon the paintings of the late Hans Frank in a Rhinebeck home, he was stunned. Brilliantly hued compositions of radiant orbs, sinuous lines and swirling, rhythmic forms covered the walls. Ebony immediately knew he was staring at the work of a bonafide visionary painter.

A German World War II refugee and recluse, Frank produced innumerable colorful, imaginative, hallucinogenic images of the universe inspired by scientific theories of the cosmos and his own explorations of the stars through his powerful studio telescope.  After his death at the age of 62 in 1997, Frank’s sister Renata preserved his voluminous body of work—paintings on canvas of various sizes, and many works on paper—exactly as he had left it at the time of his death. Now, for the first time in 55 years, Frank’s extraordinary “Cosmic Art” will be on view in Hudson Hall’s first floor galleries.

Hudson Hall’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.