Tuesday at the Tate (Britain)

I spent a rainy afternoon at the Tate Britain, marvelling at British artist, Frank Auerbach.

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Born in 1931, Auerbach’s works showed me activity, texture and pulse, I’ve not quite experienced in paint before.  There is a sense of paint continually being layered upon, and then scrapped or brushed away.

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I love his incessant approach.  Over and over again, the artist repeatedly revisits subject matter, and in so doing, an urgency, an almost primal need, calls out.  When I peer and ponder closer, paint itself, becomes perhaps the point of the painting.

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Subject matter include people and urban landscapes near his studio in Mornington Crescent.

Auerback is keen on process, as explained in the information catalogue- “more is brought into play as the work goes on.”  A conclusion usually occurs when he’s “rehearsed the problem again, and again, then out of sheer impatience, perhaps” he becomes “more reckless or daring or more arbitrary.”

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It was my first time at the Tate Britain.  There is an excellent collection of contemporary works,  as well as a wing dedicated to Turner.  While trying to find my way out, I stumbled upon, Henry Moore.

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Hello beautiful, Recumbent Figure.

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Period design within the museum caught my eye.

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Something about the building reminds me of an older relative, one you don’t quite see enough of.

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  •  Frank Auerbach, October 9 2015-March 13 2016, Tate Britain

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Tuesday at the Tate (Britain)

  1. I wish I could discover Henry Moore for the first time again. It’s something evocative about the way he distilled the subject down to pure forms, I didn’t understand it when I was younger and was something that came with age.

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