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David Smith Estate Names Jennifer Field Executive Director

July 18th, 2019

The David Smith Estate has named Jennifer Field its new executive director, as it continues to expand and work on the artist’s catalogue raisonné. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Estate of David Smith in a capacity that draws upon my range of professional and scholarly experiences,” she said in a statement, “yet allows me to focus in a sustained way upon Smith’s remarkable artistic contributions.”
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NADA Announces Exhibitors for Chicago Invitational

July 18th, 2019

NADA has announced plans for its first Chicago Invitational, with 35 exhibitors from 19 cities in 11 countries presenting at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. 
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Artists and Curators Publish Piece Regarding Whitney Biennial Controversies

July 18th, 2019

A group of artists and curators, including Hannah Black, have written a powerful piece in Artforum this week, challenging the artists in this year’s Whitney Biennial regarding their refusal to protest the show over the Whitney’s tacit support of board member Warren Kanders. “A boycott would boost the force of every one of these statements and actions,” the piece reads. “But the art world imagines itself as a limited sphere of intellectual and aesthetic inquiry, where what matters, first and foremost, are inclusion, representation, and discussion. ”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

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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