Frank Auerbach Exhibition, Tate Britain, London
Frank Auerbach Exhibition, Tate Britain, London

Tate Britain: Frank Auerbach Exhibition 9 October 2015 – 13 March 2016

  • Frank Auerbach Head of J.Y.M ll 1984-85

    Frank Auerbach
    Head of J.Y.M ll
    Oil on canvas
    660 x 610 mm

    Private collection
    © Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach (b 1931, Berlin) has made some of the most resonant and inventive paintings of recent times, of people and of the urban landscapes near his London studio. As the artist reaches his 84th birthday, Tate Britain will open a major exhibition of around 70 paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the present day. The exhibition will reaffirm Auerbach’s status as one of the pre-eminent painters of our age and will offer new insights into the nature of his painting.

Painting 365 days a year, Auerbach produces his characteristically tactile and visually dynamic work in the same studio he has occupied since 1954. For half a century he has worked in an uncompromising way, scraping back the surface of the canvas to start and re-start the painting process. He begins afresh for months or years until the single painting or drawing is realised in a matter of hours, having finally surprised him.

The curator of the exhibition, Catherine Lampert, has had a long relationship of working with Auerbach, having sat for him in his studio every week for 37 years. The realisation of the show brings together these two people – artist and sitter – and their two approaches; one concerned with looking at individual works, and the other selecting groups of works to reveal thematic and formal continuities over many decades.

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