Frank Auerbach | Tate Britain: Exhibition

9 October 2015 – 13 March 2016
Tate Britain, London

Frank Auerbach is a British artist who has made some of the most vibrant, alive and inventive paintings of recent times. Often compared to Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in terms of the revolutionary and powerful nature of his work, his depictions of people and the urban landscapes near his London studio show him to be one of the greatest painters alive today.

Tate Britain’s exhibition, featuring paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the present day, offers fascinating new insights into his work the artist suggesting the selection of the first six galleries. The depth, texture and sense of space in a painting by Auerbach makes standing in front of one a unique and unforgettable experience.

For half a century Auerbach has lived and worked in the same part of London, in Camden Town, one of the major subjects of his work. ‘What I wanted to do was to record the life that seemed to me to be passionate and exciting and disappearing all the time.’

Painting 365 days a year, he has continued discarding what he does, scraping back the surface of the canvas to start and re-start the painting process daily, continuing afresh for months or years until the single painting is realised in a matter of hours, having finally surprised him, seeming true and robust.

Curator of the exhibition and selector of the last two rooms, Catherine Lampert, has had a long working relationship with Auerbach, and has sat for him in his studio every week for 37 years. This exhibition shows that whilst he continually paints the same sitters and sometimes returns to a particular London location, each painting can be considered for its own merits rather than be judged by style or period.

This part of London is my world. I’ve been wandering around these streets for so long that I’ve become attached to them and as fond of them as people are to their pets
Frank Auerbach

shocking and brilliant
get smacked in the face by the terrifying glory of the world Auerbach is stunned by every morning
**** The Guardian

Frank Auerbach’s work emerges in all its rude, raw power in this astonishing new retrospective
**** The Telegraph

At his best Auerbach is without doubt our greatest living painter because he captures the soul
**** The Times

This is an excellent exhibition that any fan of painting should visit – a fitting tribute to a world class artist and his significant career
**** The Londonist

***** The Evening Standard

**** City Am

Auerbach has won his long tussle with paint and reality, again and again. With this exhibition, he joins the masters.
The Spectator

More information: www.tate.org.uk

Frank Auerbach Head of J.Y.M ll 1984-85 Painting Oil on canvas 660 x 610 mm Private collection © Frank Auerbach
Frank Auerbach
Head of J.Y.M ll 1984-85
Painting
Oil on canvas
660 x 610 mm
Private collection
© Frank Auerbach
Frank Auerbach Hampstead Road, High Summer 2010 Private collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Frank Auerbach Hampstead Road, High Summer 2010 Private collection
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Frank Auerbach E.O.W. half-length nude 1958 Private collection courtesy of Eykyn Maclean LP © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio
Frank Auerbach E.O.W. half-length nude 1958 Private collection courtesy of Eykyn Maclean LP
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio
Frank Auerbach Primrose Hill 1978 Private collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Frank Auerbach Primrose Hill 1978 Private collection
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Frank Auerbach Interior Vincent Terrace 1982-84 Private collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Frank Auerbach Interior Vincent Terrace 1982-84 Private collection
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
Frank Auerbach Hampstead Road, High Summer 2010 Private collection © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Frank Auerbach Hampstead Road, High Summer 2010 Private collection
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Frank Auerbach Mornington Crescent 1965 Private collection courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio
Frank Auerbach
Mornington Crescent 1965
Private collection courtesy of Eykyn Maclean, LP
© Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio