Franka Jones

Franka  Jones

    Franka Jones, a fine arts consultant and editor for art publications who was a member of the inner circle of Springs artists and art critics during the 1960s, died on Saturday at her East Hampton residence. A long-time resident of Amagansett and East Hampton, she was 74 and had suffered from a pulmonary illness.
    Born on Aug. 26, 1938, to Maurice Culberg and the former Ruth Frank in Chicago, she attended the Francis Parker School there and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied art history. She credited her father, who was a close friend of the painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, with introducing her to the world of modern art, and her passion for the arts and design stayed with her throughout her life.
    After college she studied fine arts curation at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris before returning to Chicago, where she met and married an abstract painter and architectural historian, Don Vlack. They moved to Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the early ’60s with their two children, Nicholas Vlack, who lives in Brooklyn, and Nina Vlack of New York City. She also leaves a grandchild, Basil Kawano-Vlack.
    At the same time, the couple started spending summers in Amagansett, where they fit right in to the vibrant art scene. Willem de Kooning was a good friend. The marriage ended, however, in 1967.
    She was remarried the next year to Dr. E. Arnold Jones, a psychoanalyst who owned a house on Treasure Island Drive in Amagansett’s Beach Hampton neighborhood, where the wedding took place. Their son, Andrew F. Jones, a professor of Chinese literature at the University of California, Berkeley, said his mother had “a loving nature, an exquisite aesthetic eye, generous intelligence, and a love of conversation and conviviality.”  The Joneses lived for a time in Essex, Conn., where, said Mr. Jones, she served on the school board and cultivated “a lush and extensive vegetable garden for her family.”
    In 1979 she was diagnosed with lymphoma but overcame it.
    After spending some years in California, Ms. Jones returned to New York City and the East End in the early 1990s. Her family was with her when she died, at Martingale Court in the Dune Alpin complex.
    In accordance with her wishes, there was no funeral service.