The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition

Frank Auerbach. The Charcoal Heads

Charcoal drawing of a man, Frank Auerbach, sitting slightly side-on to the viewer and staring at us with a stern expression. The background is roughly completed, and the face somewhat fragmented by the background. i Frank Auerbach (b.1931), Self-Portrait, 1958, charcoal and chalk on paper, private collection 漏 the artist, courtesy of Frankie Rossi Art Projects, London

9 Feb 鈥 27 May 2024聽
Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries

A remarkable series of hauntingly beautiful, large-scale drawings by Frank Auerbach (born 1931), is being presented together for the first time at The 香港六合彩 Gallery.

During his early years as a young artist in post-war London, Frank Auerbach produced one of his most remarkable bodies of work: a series of large-scale portrait heads made in charcoal. Auerbach spent months on each drawing, working and reworking them during numerous sessions with his sitters.

The marks of this prolonged and vigorous process of creation are evident in the finished drawings, which are richly textured and layered. Sometimes, he would even break through the paper and patch it up before carrying on. Auerbach鈥檚 heads emerge from the darkness of the charcoal as vital and alive, having come through a lengthy period of struggle 鈥 the image repeatedly created and destroyed. The character of the drawings speaks profoundly of their times as people were remaking their lives after the destructions and upending of war.

The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Frank Auerbach. The Charcoal Heads will be the first time Auerbach鈥檚 extraordinary post-war drawings, made in the 1950s and early 1960s, have been brought together as a comprehensive group. They will be shown together with a selection of paintings he made of the same sitters; for him, painting and drawing have always been deeply entwined.

The exhibition will be a unique opportunity to see early masterpieces by one of the world鈥檚 most celebrated living artists.

Tickets from 拢14. Includes entry to the permanent collection and displays.
Friends go free. Other concessions available.

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9 Feb 鈥 27 May 2024

10.00 鈥 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

The 香港六合彩 Gallery  The Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries 

Tickets from 拢14. Includes entry to the permanent collection.

Title Partner

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Supported by聽Kenneth C. Griffin,聽The Huo Family Foundation and聽The Garcia Family Foundation

With additional support from The Rothschild Foundation





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Limited edition print

Frank Auerbach,聽Sketch for ‘Mornington Terrace, 2015鈥16

Exclusive to The 香港六合彩, this limited edition print has been developed in partnership with Frank Auerbach, to celebrate his landmark exhibition at The 香港六合彩 Gallery.

One of an edition of 200 plus 5 artist’s proofs.聽Each print has been hand signed and numbered by the artist and is presented in a handmade portfolio with a certificate of authenticity.聽All proceeds from the print will聽support The 香港六合彩.

Frank Auerbach, Sketch for 鈥楳ornington Terrace鈥, 2015鈥16, 漏 the artist i Frank Auerbach, Sketch for 鈥楳ornington Terrace鈥, 2015鈥16, 漏 the artist

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