Frank Auerbach b.1931

 
Frank Auerbach initially established his reputation in London in the 1950s when he was widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful young figurative painters.

He is often associated with the School of London, a circle of figurative painters that includes Michael Andrews, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff and R.B.Kitaj.

In his handling of paint, Auerbach is one of the most inventive painters at work today and in his large-scale drawings he has invented an entirely new way of drawing and of reformulating the subject before him.

His main subjects are the people and places that he knows intimately.

1931
Born in Berlin.

1939
Sent by his parents to school in Kent to escape the war, and subsequently lost contact with them.

1947
Played some small roles at London theatres. Took painting classes at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute.

1948
Attended David Bomberg's drawing classes at the Borough Polytechnic Institute, prior to entering St. Martin's School of Art. (continued to take David Bomberg's drawing classes at the Borough Institute until 1954).

1952
Royal College of Art where fellow students included Leon Kossoff and Bridget Riley.

1954
Acquired Leon Kossoff's former studio in Camden.

1955
Graduated from the Royal College of Art with a silver medal and first-class honours.

1958
Marriage to Julia Wolstenholme and birth of his son Jacob.

1966
Began a series on the Camden Palace Theatre.

1986
Selected for the British Pavilion at the XLII Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion Prize along with Sigmar Polke.

2000
The newly-opened Tate Modern devoted a room to his works.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2001
Frank Auerbach, Paintings and Drawings 1954-2001, Royal Academy of Art, London

1997
Marlborough Fine Arts, London

1996
Rex Irwin, Sydney

1995
Working After the Masters, National Gallery, London

Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco

1994
Marlborough Gallery, New York

1991
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

1990
Marlborough Fine Art, London

Marlborough Graphics, London

1989
Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam

1987
Marlborough Fine Art, London

1986-87
Kunstverein, Hamburg; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Centro Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

1986
British Pavilion, Venice Biennale

1983
Anne Berthoud Gallery, London

1983
Marlborough Fine Art, New York

1981
Shown at the New Spirit in Painting show at the Royal Academy, London

1982
Marlborough Gallery, New York

1979
Bernard Jacobson, New York

1978
First retrospective by Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, London and Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh

1978
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London

1976
Marlborough Galerie, Zurich

1975
Municipal Art Gallery, London

1974
Marlborough Fine Art, London

1973
University of Essex, Colchester

1972
Galleria Bergamini, Milan

Villiers Fine Art, Sydney

1971
Marlborough Fine Art, London

1969
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York

1967
Marlborough Fine Art, London

1965
Marlborough Fine Art, London

1961-63
Beaux Arts Gallery, London

1959
Beaux Arts Gallery, London

1957
Beaux Arts Gallery, London

1956
First one-man show at the Beaux Arts Gallery.


Selected Group Exhibitions


2007
A Tribute to Colin St John Wilson, James Hyman Gallery, London

2006
Building Sites - Auerbach, Bevan, Chamberlain, Johnson, James Hyman Gallery, London

Portraits, James Hyman Gallery, London

2005
Fifty Years of British Landscape Painting, James Hyman Gallery, London

2004
The Challenge of Post War Painting, James Hyman Gallery, London

2003Life: Andrews, Auerbach, Bevan, Bomberg, Coldstream, Kossoff, Sickert, Uglow, James Hyman Gallery, London

2002
Twentieth Century British paintings and drawings, James Hyman Gallery, London

2000
Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, James Hyman Gallery, London


Selected Collections


Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland
Art Gallery of South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, Ireland
British Council, London
British Museum, London
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich
Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Cleethorpes Art Association
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Contemporary Art Society, London
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Government Picture Collection, London
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
Hartlepool Museum, Cleveland
Huddersfield Art Gallery, Yorkshire
Israel Museum Jerusalem
Leeds City Art Gallery
Los Angeles County Museum
McMaster Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, USA
Middlesborough Art Gallery
Metropolitan Museum, New York
Museo de Arte Moderna de Bahia, Salvador
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town
National Gallery of Victoria, Felton Bequest, Melbourne, Australia
National Portrait Gallery, London
Nottingham Art Gallery
Oldham Art Gallery
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Rochdale Art Gallery
Royal College of Art, London
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, London
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Southampton Art Gallery
St Louis Art Museum Missouri
Tate Collection, London
University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut


Selected Publications


Ackroyd, Peter, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach Works, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Gallery, New York April 1994
'Frank Auerbach' (interview), in Bamboo, vol. 14, 1987
Auerbach, Frank, 'Seven Portraits', ARK, 23, 1958
Auerbach, Frank, Foreword, in Late Sickert: Paintings from 1927-1942, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, London, November 1981
Baker, Kenneth, 'Auerbach Paintings Probe the of Seeing Art', San Francisco Chronicle, 23 November 1995
Berger, John, 'A Stick in the Dark', New Statesman, 28 November 1959
Berger, John, Permanent Red, London, 1960
Bernard, Bruce, 'Frank Auerbach: Painter in the Grand Manner', Sunday Times Magazine, 30 April 1978
The British Council, From London: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, Kitaj, exhibition catalogue, 1995
Bonaventura, Paul, 'Annaherung an Frank Auerbach', in Frank Auerbach, exhibition catalogue, Kunstverein, Hamburg, 1986, and Metropolis M, June-August 1986
Bumpus, Judith, 'Frank Auerbach' (interview), Art & Artists, June 1986
Cork, Richard, 'Battleground in Camden Town', Standard, 3 February 1983
Cork, Richard, 'In Pursuit of Change', Frank Auerbach in conversation, BBC Radio 3, recorded 1 October 1985 and broadcast 18 November 1985
Cork, Richard, 'Frank Auerbach: An Interview by Richard Cork', Art & Design, vol. 4, nos 9 and 10, 1988
Daley, Janet, 'Bacon, Auerbach, Freud', Arts Review, 3 February 1978
Feaver, William, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings 1954-1976, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Galerie, Zurich, May 1976
Feaver, William, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Recent Paintings and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Fine Art, London, January-February 1987
Flacke-Knoch, Monika, 'Frank Auerbach: Hamburger Kunstverein', Die Kunst, no. 11, Munich, November 1986
Forge, Andrew, 'Auerbach and Paolozzi', New Statesman, 13 September 1963
Forge, Andrew, Introduction, in Helen Lessore and the Beaux Arts Gallery, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Fine Art, London, February 1968
Gayford, Martin, 'When Quality Shines through Novelty', Sunday Telegraph, 30 September 1990
Gooding, Mel, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Recent Work, exhibition catalogue, Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam, September-December 1989
Gooding, Mel, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Recent Work, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Fine Art, London, September-October 1990
Gowing, Lawrence, Introduction, in Eight Figurative Painters, exhibition catalogue, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, November 1981
Hartley, Craig, 'Freud and Auerbach: Recent Work' Print Quarterly, vol. IX, no. 1, March 1992
Hicks, Alistair, The School of London: The Resurgence of Contemporary Painting, Oxford, 1989
Hughes, Robert, 'Private View', Telegraph Magazine, 8 September 1990
Hughes, Robert, 'The Art of Frank Auerbach' New York Review of Books, vol. XXXVI, 11 October 1990
Hughes, Robert, Frank Auerbach, London,1990; first paperback edition 1992; reprint
Hyman, James, 'Auerbach', Connaissance des Arts, 1990
Hyman, James, 'Auerbach', Art Newspaper, October 1990
Hyman, James, British Figurative Painting of the 20th century, exhibition catalogue, British Council, 1992
Hyman, James, 'Presences And Spectral Traces: Glenn Brown And Frank Auerbach', Galleries, 1994
Hyman, James, exhibition catalogue, Auerbach, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, 10 May - 22 July 2000
Hyman, James, The Battle for Realism, Yale University Press, 2001
Hyman, James 'From Tragedy to Joie de Vivre: Some Thoughts on the Work of Bacon, Freud, Kossoff and Auerbach', exhibition catalogue, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Auerbach, Galerie Sander, Berlin, 2003
Hyman, J., 'Radical Figuration', From Life, exhibition catalogue, James Hyman Fine Art, 10 September - 18 October 2003
Kossoff, Leon, 'The Paintings of Frank Auerbach', in Frank Auerbach, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, London, 1978
Lampert, Catherine, 'A Conversation with Frank Auerbach' (interview), in Frank Auerbach, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, London, 1978
Lampert, Catherine, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach, exhibition catalogue, XLII Venice Biennale, 1986
'Saturday Review: Frank Auerbach at the Venice Biennale', BBC 2 television broadcast, 11 July 1986
Lessore, Helen, 'Mr. Frank Auerbach's Paintings' (letter to the editor), The Times, 3 February 1956
Lessore, Helen, A Partial Testament: Essays on Some Moderns in the Great Tradition, London, 1986
Marks, Laurence, 'Painting from a Distance', Observer, 29 June 1986
Packer, William, 'In Praise of Frank Auerbach', Financial Times, 13 January 1987
Peppiart, Michael, 'Frank Auerbach Going Against the Grain' (interview), Art International, Autumn 1987
Peppiart, Michael, 'Artist's Dialogue: Frank Auerbach Topographies of Color', Architectural Digest, April 1988
Peppiart, Michael, 'Frank Auerbach' (interview), no. 14, Spring 1998
Peppiart, Michael, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Recent Works, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Gallery New York, September-October 1998
Podro, Michael, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, September-October 1969
Podro, Michael, 'The Sense of Composure', Times Literary Supplement, 5 May 1978
Read, Herbert 'British Art', in Art Since 1945, New York and London, 1958
Russell, John and Robertson, Bryan, Private View. The Lively World of British Art, with photographs by Lord Snowdon, London, 1965
Russell, John, 'Colourmen', Sunday Times, 15 January 1956
Spender, Stephen, 'Mr. Auerbach's Latest Painting' (letter to the editor), The Listener, 27 April 1961
Spender, Stephen, Introduction, in Frank Auerbach: Recent Paintings and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Marlborough Gallery, New York, April 1982
Sylvester, David, 'Young English Painting', The Listener, 12 January 1956
Sylvester, David, 'Nameless Structures', New Statesman, 21 April 1961
Thompson, David, 'Mr. Frank Auerbach's One-Man Show: Painter to Be Reckoned with Now', The Times, 30 November 1959
Wiggins, Colin, 'Frank Auerbach', Artscribe, no. 22, April 1980
Wiggins, Colin, Frank Auerbach and the Old Masters', Modern Painters, vol. 3, no. 3, Autumn 1990
Wiggins, Colin, Frank Auerbach at the National Gallery: Working after the Masters, exhibition catalogue, Nation London, 1995
Winter, Peter, 'Gesichter aus Lava and Lehm', Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 3 November 1986
Winter, Peter, 'Frank Auerbach', Das Kunstwerk, Stuttgart, February 1987
Wollheim, Richard, 'Titian and Auerbach', The Listener, 4 October 1973

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