Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?

Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, presents Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?, featuring portraits by two of Britain’s leading figurative painters, curated by Michael Peppiatt.

The concept for this show is based on the exhibition organised by Michael in 1998 at the Musée Maillol in Paris under the title L’Ecole de Londres de Bacon à Bevan, which traced the influence of Bacon, Freud, Auerbach and Kossoff on the younger generation of figurative artists working in London.

A generation apart, Bevan and Auerbach share a fascination for the conceptual and painterly possibilities of reinventing heads. For both artists, the head is the centre that controls everything we do, its mysterious significance laying in its endless sparring of juxtaposed natures: impulse and restraint, instinct and order, spontaneity and discipline. It is rife with contradiction and yet to both remains the prime vessel of human life.

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Duration 07 December 2020 - 30 April 2021
Times Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm (by appointment only)
Cost free
Venue Ben Brown Fine Arts
Address 12 Brook's Mews, London, W1K 4DG
Contact 020 7734 8888 / /

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