Chair: Barnaby Wright
Jake Auerbach presented a screening of his new film FRANK about his father, the artist Frank Auerbach, to coincide with Tate Britain’s current exhibition of Auerbach’s work.
‘FRANK is a film I thought I would never make. When the exhibition, now at Tate Britain, opened in the Kunstmuseum Bonn in June 2015, I filmed the show so that my father, Frank could see how it looked. I am a filmmaker and a little while ago we set up a projector and I filmed his responses to seeing the work after a break of up to 60 years.’ Jake Auerbach
The result is a film that unfolds an obsessive painter’s personal manifesto. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Jake Auerbach, chaired by Barnaby Wright.
Auerbach runs Jake Auerbach Films, a truly independent company, whose catalogue includes portraits of Lucian Freud, Walter Sickert, Allen Jones, Rodin, R. B. Kitaj, Paula Rego and the feature length Last Art Film. His work has been broadcast and shown in museums around the world.
Barnaby Wright is the Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art at The Courtauld Gallery, London. He is a specialist in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century art. As Exhibitions Curator at the Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, London, he staged a number of exhibitions in collaboration with The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The exhibitions he has curated or co-curated for the Courtauld Gallery include: ‘Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes’ (2007-08), ‘Frank Auerbach: London Building Sites’ (2009-10), ‘Cezanne's Card Players’ (2010-11, second venue The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), ‘Mondrian-Nicholson: In Parallel’ (2012) and ‘Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901’ (2013). His most recent exhibition, co-curated with Toby Treves, is ‘Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings’.
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