Rodriguez Brings Back Frazetta Gallery
Show highlighting legendary fantasy artist returns to Austin
By Richard Whittaker,
12:20PM, Fri. Mar. 11, 2016
The legacy of a 20th-century fantasy master returns to Austin for the third year: Director Robert Rodriguez has announced that he'll be bringing 15 works by Frank Frazetta back during SXSW.
Frazetta's work was ubiquitous for decades, defining the visual code for fictional barbarians. But while many of his followers simply emulated his muscles and monster, Frazetta's world had a grime and reality, a smoky mystery that few could ever replicate. This show will add several new pieces to the collection, which Rodriguez brought to town for the last two years. That includes Frazetta's Flash Gordon, Kubla Khan, and arguably his most famous piece, Moon Maid.
However, Frazetta isn't the only artist whose work will be celebrated. Drew Struzan is arguably the king of blockbuster poster art, and his original designs for Sylvester Stallone's First Blood and John Carpenter's The Thing will also be on display. Add on that original Sin City art by Frank Miller, and you've got an insight into many of Rodriguez's influences.
The Frank Frazetta Collection, 920 Congress, March 12-19, noon-5pm. $10 entrance fee: All proceeds go to the preservation of Frazetta's work.
For more on the seminal fantasy artist, and how he's affected and influenced Rodriguez, read our interview from last year, "Frazetta Up Close."