Robert Rodriguez SXSW Frank Frazetta Collection
If you’re anywhere near Austin, Texas this week you no doubt know that the expansive SXSW Film, Interactive and Music festivals have completely overtaken the city.
No matter if you are a holder of one of the coveted badges there is something exciting around every corner every second of the day and night. It’s easy to become overwhelmed at the sheer scope and miss the hidden gems. If you’re a fan of classic fantasy illustration and pop art then you should make the time to check out the extraordinary private art collection which legendary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has graciously placed on display.
The exhibit includes a wide variety of creations from original Frank Frazetta oil paintings, which you will not see anywhere else, to self-portraits by Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Brolin, painted with Rodriguez and artist George Yepes during the making of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. These paintings were created on the film set in between takes. The actors contribute a base coat over which Rodriguez creates a colorful and striking line drawing of the actor and George Yepes adds the finishing touches. In addition, you will feast your eyes upon artwork by Frank Miller, illustrator Drew Strutzan and pop art icon Sebastian Krüge.
Rodriguez stated in the official press release, “This has to be the most kick ass museum in the world. For one, it’s the only place you can see original Frank Frazetta art, 12 masterpiece paintings total, alongside original art by Frank Miller, Drew Struzan, Sebastian Kruger and Clete Shields.” He continued, “Throw in character paintings by the cast of Sin City 2 and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and you will never see anything like this event anywhere, in any museum. I’m very excited to be showcasing this mind-blowing art by my favorite artists and collaborators in Austin.”
Indeed, the collection is awe-inspiring with striking iconic images that are truly breathtaking. From bronze cast sculptures of Sin City characters to the lusciously violent world of Amazonian women and warriors, this is the closest fans will come to the artistic impressions of the actors and creators behind the dark worlds they emphatically crave. If you do one thing this week and one thing only, it should be to see this exhibit before it returns to Robert Rodiguez’s private home—this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for art and film fans alike that should not be missed!
The gallery, which will be open to the public daily from March 8-16 from noon-8pm, is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The entrance fee for the public is $20, all of which goes to benefit the Frazetta Estate’s preservation of art for a new Frank Frazetta museum.