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Nicholas Serota’s Impact on Tate Profiled in The Guardian

June 23rd, 2017

Nicholas Serota, via The GuardianThe Guardian charts Nicholas Serota’s impact on the Tate during his tenure as its leader, and the challenges the institution faces in the years ahead as it seeks to continue the momentum he created.  “Beginning to get the momentum going, to turn the battleship – that was the most difficult thing,” he says of his efforts.
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Albright-Knox Museum Embarks on Ambitious Expansion Plans

June 23rd, 2017

Albright Knox Expansion, via WIVBThe Albright-Knox in Buffalo has unveiled its major expansion plans, funded by a $42.5 million donation by billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach, which will see the museum expanding underground and out over its current sculpture garden. “At the present time we are able to show about 2.5 percent of our collection. We have hundreds of masterpieces literally in storage at all times, we are not able to share them with the public. A key question we have been challenging ourselves and our architects with is where should we build,” Janne Siren, director of the museum, said.
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Boulder Museum of Art Faces Major Staff Departure in Protest Over Working Conditions

June 23rd, 2017

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, via NYTThe Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is scrambling after nearly its entire staff resigned this week in protest over working conditions, the New York Times reports.  “How many organizations expect employees to work for 10- to 12-hour shifts without even a single 15-minute break,” says Nora Lupi, the former visitor services and membership manager. “How many institutions expect someone who makes less than $14/hr to be on call 24/7 for operational, managerial and executive assistant demands?”
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Lucian Freud

Reflection, Lucian Freud, 1985 via Jaksview.wordpress.com

b. December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany

Education:
Central School of Art (briefly)
Cedric Morris’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham
Goldsmiths College – University of London

Lucian Freud is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He began drawing profusely around the age of 10. Early paintings of Lucien Freud were influenced by surrealism, featuring people in strange compositions. For the rest of his career, he would focus on portraits, most of them nudes. Style would also develop from thin, flat paint to thick, less blended strokes.

Sleeping Head, Lucian Freud, 1979-80 via IMMA

Kate Moss, Lucian Freud, 2002 via Sydney Herald

Freud’s subjects are often the people in his life; friends, family, fellow painters, lovers, children. To quote the artist: “The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really.” He has painted Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. His oeuvre also includes a controversial portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, various ex-wives, countless dogs, his assistant, and a pregnant Kate Moss.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud, 1995 via Clusterflock.org

On the canvas, Freud tends to place the most emphasis on the sitter’s face or body – not shy about depicting bold postures or expressions. He is known for attaching additional pieces of canvas after the body is finished to accomodate it. Freud is also a notoriously slow painter, which has been said to cause his subjects chagrin.

Girl With a White Dog, Lucian Freud, 1951-52 via tendreams.org

He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1989, awarded annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Freud’s retrospective at the Tate Museum in 2002 garnered much attention in the press and the general public – he is regarded as one of Britain’s most popular artists.

Now in his 80’s, Lucian Freud still dedicates himself to his chief obsession, art.

Wikipedia Entry

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