Frank Auerbach, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1, until 13th March 2016
The Berlin-born, artist Frank Auerbach can certainly not be accused of taking it easy in this his 85th year as he paints three hundred and sixty five days a year. He is an assiduous painter returning to his canvas time and time again to scrape away and restart the work whether landscape or portrait until the image he seeks falls into place. The works are a highly individual complex of texture, depth and a sense of space.
The seventy paintings and drawings on view have been mainly garnered from private collections and provide an overview of his work from the 1950s to the present day. On the wall of the first gallery he says: ‘My hope is that items might not be considered too relatively – that is, not over-chronologically, stylistically or by subject or context – but that each be considered as an absolute which works (or does not work) by itself.’
The best I can add to that is please go and decide for yourself as I don’t think you will regret the experience.
It would be wrong of me to write about Auerbach without drawing your attention to
Frank Auerbach, Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street London W1, until 21st November 2015
Like the Tate Britain exhibition this surveys his career to date and among the twenty-five works on show are some that have never been exhibited before. There is also a new self-portrait by the artist which is shown here.