Alan Ainsworth

  • The Frank Review Interviews Interviews Hugh Frank [No Relation]

    HUGH FRANK LIVES with his second wife outside Savannah, Georgia, in a remodeled Colonial. In their connecting living room and gallery is a massive metal sculpture by their friend Hughes Jimmy; opposite, tall windows open to rich magnolias. Asked if he placed his paintings leaning against the light-gray wall so that they might become three-dimensional objects, Frank says, “No; I haven’t bought hooks.” His studio is thirty minutes into the country. He likes the distance. He spoke more than expected. He considers himself unusual in this respect. “Sculptors,” he says, “are illiterate and unintelligible.” Hugh Frank is neither. His attempt to shave a square mile of women’s legs near Hankville, Utah, captured the nation’s attention, and while some may view it as overhyped media event or bad conceptual art, Frank disagrees: “I was able to tap into some deep-rooted problems in America.” Because Frank shuns tape recorders, two court reporters recorded our interview about what Time has called “the art spectacle of the decade.”