Audrey Flack/ Audrey Flack

United States 1931

Sculpture, Painting

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Audrey Flack
Audrey Flack
Female
United States
1931

Although quite heterogeneous, unpredictable and often surreal, the work of Audrey Flack is strongly rooted in the focal examination of perception. During her several decades-long career, the artist has established herself as one of the pioneers of the genre of photorealism and has produced a notable number of abstract works. Primarily governed by her own fancy and intuition, Flack has carefully departed from the canons of then popular genres in order to manage her own authentic expression. With great effort, patience, and immense courage the artist has struggled to sought her agenda out and express how limitless her creativity is.

The american photorealist artist was born in New York and still lives her life there
Audrey Flack – St. Teresa AHHH OH OH oh, 2014 (Left) / Marilyn, 2011 (Right)

The Academic Achievements

Audrey Flack was born in 1931 in New York. She attended High School of Music & Art and studied fine arts in New York from 1948 to 1953, studying under Josef Albers among others. Afterward, from the Cooper Union in New York City the artist has earned a graduate degree and received an honorary doctorate and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University. Flack even collected art history diploma at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In May 2015, Flack received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Clark University, where she also gave a commencement address. The artist is an honorary professor at George Washington University, and currently is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The abstraction was just a phase

The use of vanitas was rather present as well as the general women respectively feminist agenda
Audrey Flack – Untitled

Early Works of Audrey Flack

During her studies, Flack was apparently dazzled by the current of Abstract Expressionist. One of the paintings produced was an homage to Franz Kline. Nevertheless, during the late 1950s, Flack decided to depart from the Abstract Expressionist aesthetic since she felt did not communicate effectively or clearly with viewers. That transition can be marked as a crucial point of transition. Then Flack enrolled at the Art Students League to study anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale because she thought her ability to paint in a realistic manner was inadequate. But gradually, she became a New Realist and then evolved into photorealism during the 1960s.

Awareness of intimate objects in relation to history and the present

Flack was in contact with art tendencies in home town yet in 1977 she fully rejected them
Audrey Flack – Banana Split Sundae, 1974

The Pioneering Role In New Movement

From the time stance, Audrey Flack is best known for her photorealist paintings. The fascination with the real, everyday objects is without a doubt reminiscent of Pop Art, but the genre of photorealism was practically based on exploring the matter of perception. Therefore, Flack’s work depicted everyday household items like tubes of lipstick and, most commonly, fruit in almost blurry fashion, in order to undermine the enticing line between reality and fantasy. The innovation was using photographs as the foundation of her work. Besides paintings of vernacular objects which were the commentary on the construction of femininity, that method led to paintings fulfilled with sociopolitical commentary.

The influence of Baroque is notable

The artist depicted objects from american everyday life of women on her 1977 series of paintings
Audrey Flack – Invocation, 1982

Constant Upgrade In The Work of Audrey Flack

The early 1970s marked the beginning of Flack’s mature body of work. For example, a significant painting from this period, Farb Family Portrait (1969–70), was the result of a new working technique. The base of the work was a slide of the family portrait which was projected onto the canvas to use as her guide for painting. Such a method spared her from making preliminary drawings. Flack also developed a method of applying paint in layers with an airbrush. Besides portrayals, the artist released a number of still life paintings which reflected her fascination with Baroque, especially the notorious vanitas, collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death.

The constant innovation was the artist’s forte

In home town of New York Audrey Flack has showed her works in a number of occasions
Audrey Flack – Family Portrait, 1969-1970

The Plunge Into More Feminist Agenda

The 80’s brought yet another transformation of Flack’s work. The focus from painting, which was her primary media, was shifted to sculpture. The artist started exploring iconographic and mythological representations of goddesses which were inclined in feminist agenda. By evoking such a narrative, Flack tended to accentuate the female principle and ancient traditions of matriarchy. Her new trajectory led to many public commissions for her artwork. In 1986 Flack published Art & Soul: Notes on Creating, a book expressing some of her thoughts on being an artist.

The works of Audrey Flack are more then appealing for young artist’s

Audrey Flack - Islandia (Left) Untitled (Right)
Audrey Flack – Islandia (Left) Untitled (Right)

The Influential Artistic Practice of Audrey Flack

The notable work’s of Audrey Flack are displayed in several major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The artist was the first photo-realist painter to be added to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1966. During her career, Flac was awarded several in occasions and the most important are the St. Gaudens Medal from the Cooper Union, and the honorary Albert Dome professorship from Bridgeport University. The domains of Audrey Flak’s art are immense, she has influenced generations of artists (the ironic kitsch themes in her early work profoundly influenced Jeff Koons) and contributed not only to the art history but to feminism as well.

Audrey Flack lives and works in New York City and Long Island.

Featured image: Portrait of Audrey Flack in her studio – image courtesy of Yale Alumni Art League
All images used are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Audrey Flack, the Abstract Expressionist YearsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NYSolo
2015Heroines: Audrey Flack's Transcendent Drawings and PrintsWilliams Center Gallery, Lafayette College, PASolo
2015Transient Beauty: Photographs by Audrey FlackTaubman Museum, Roanoke, VASolo
2012Audrey Flack: Sculpture 1989-2012Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Audrey Flack: Recent Pages from an Ancient PastMason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJSolo
2012Metamorphoses: Pictures by Audrey FlackMabel Smith Douglas Library Galleries, New Brunswick, NJSolo
2012Hyperrealism 1967-2012Madrid, SpainGroup
2010American Art National Museum, Krakow, PolandGroup
2010Audrey Flack Paints a PictureGary Snyder Project Space, New York, NYSolo
2009Audrey Flack—Abstract Expressionist to Photo RealistLewallen Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2009American Photorealism Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, BerlinGroup
2008Responses to 9 1/1Apex Gallery New York CitySolo
2007Daphne Speaks: An Exhbition of Sculpture and Master Workshop Prints University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, NDSolo
2007Audrey Flack: Abstract ExpressionistRider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJSolo
2007Plasters and Disasters—Audrey Flack's Recent SculptureKingsborough Community College, NYSolo
2006American Photorealist Posters SACE, Florence, ItalyGroup
2005The Art of 9/11 Curated by Arthur Danto, Apex ArtGroup
2003-4The Art of AgingHebrew Union College, Brookdale Center, NYGroup
2002Drawings, Watercolors, & Sculptures: Responses to 9 11 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
2001Plein Air Watercolors and DrawingsBernaducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Reinventing the Goddess Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GAGroup
1999Icons of the 20th CenturySavannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GASolo
1998Audrey Flack—Reflections in a Mirror Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OHSolo
1998Audrey Flack—New WorkLouis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996Daphne Speaks Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NYSolo
1996Amor Vicit Omnia Art Museum of Western Virgina, Roanoke, VASolo
1996Classicism in the 20th CenturyLizan-Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1996Women as MythmakersSuzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, College of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley, PAGroup
1996Divine Flesh Artopia Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1995-96Narcissism California Center for the Arts Museum, Scondido, CaGroup
1995-96In Three DimensionsSnug Harbor Museum, Staten Island, NYGroup