Curator and art historian Catherine Lampert and writer and novelist Jim Lewis will join the Rail’s publisher and artistic director Phong H. Bui for a conversation on Frank Auerbach. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Alicia Ostriker.
Luhring Augustine Chelsea is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Frank Auerbach’s paintings and drawings, celebrating the mature career of a singular artist. Spanning from the late 1970s to recent works, the selection of his portraits and landscapes on view underscore Auerbach’s great achievements in painting in the post-war era. The first show of his work in New York of this scale since 2006, the exhibition will be on view through February 20, 2021 and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Auerbach’s work exists outside of any specific period or style. Employing an energetic impasto technique to render his subjects, he creates figurative paintings through an intensive daily regimen. The exhibition highlights portraits of a group of his devoted sitters, some of whom he has been painting since the 1970s and still pose for him regularly today. The paintings are often the result of months of labor: at the end of a day of work, he will frequently scrape down the entire surface of the piece in order to start anew in his next attempt; each rejected endeavor a pursuit toward the final expression. The landscape paintings are derived from sketches Auerbach makes in locations close to Mornington Crescent in Camden Town, London, the area near the studio where he has worked since 1954. With his distinct idiom Auerbach imagines the quotidian scenes of parks, streets, and buildings around his familiar neighborhood.
To view the exhibition, go to: https://www.luhringaugustine.com/exhibitions/frank-auerbach-selected-works-1978-2016/virtual-tour
In this talk
Catherine Lampert is an independent British curator and art historian. She organized numerous exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery 1974-88 and at the Whitechapel Gallery, where she was director from 1988 to 2001. Lately she has initiated exhibitions that include Rodin for the Royal Academy of Arts, London 2006 and Kunsthaus Zurich 2007, and Honoré Daumier, Royal Academy, 2013; Miquel Barceló, Caixa Forum Madrid and Barcelona, 2009, Francis Alÿs. Le temps du sommeil, Dublin 2009, Anish Kapoor, MUAC, Mexico 2016 and Paula Rego, Obedience and Defiance at Milton Keynes Gallery 2019, and tour to Edinburgh and Dublin. She co-curated “Bare Life,” 2014, an exhibition of postwar British figurative painting at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster. Lampert, curator of four major Lucian Freud exhibitions, including the Whitechapel, Metropolitan and Reina Sofia 1993-94, is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s paintings.
Since 1978 Lampert has been one of Frank Auerbach’s sitters and has curated exhibitions of his work at the Royal Academy 2001 and the Kunstmuseum Bonn 2015 and Tate Britain 2015-16.
Phong H. Bui
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Alicia Ostriker reading.