As part of Marlborough London’s presentation two self-portrait drawings will be on display along with paintings of Auerbach’s regular sitters: wife, Julia, son Jake, the curator Catherine Lampert, art historian William Feaver and David Landau. Two recent cityscapes and a major painting from 1989-90, Mornington Crescent – First Light will also be exhibited.
Following his retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn and Tate Britain, London in 2015-16, Frank Auerbach is recognised more widely than ever as pre-eminent among painters working today. This distinction is all the more impressive due to his subject matter, which has remained consistent over the past sixty years: his immediate environment and those closest to him. Auerbach’s purpose is to secure immediacy by gradual means. This group of recent works is further eloquent and profound affirmation, here and now, of what he can make paint do.
Marlborough is pleased to return to Art Basel Hong Kong, continuing its close relationship with Asia, which has been fostered throughout its seventy-year history.