PRINT March 1994

Frayed Fraud

Linda Nochlin

This week, the editors look back at two responses to the work of British painter Lucian Freud—one written by Donald Kuspit, the other by Linda Nochlin—that appeared in Artforum’s March 1994 issue. “Lucian Freud: Real Lives” is currently on view at Tate Liverpool until January 16, 2022.

In December 1993, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened “Lucian Freud: Recent Work,” a large-scale exhibition of the painter’s latest portraits. The artist was then seventy-one and had been both celebrated and reviled at various times and by various minds over his storied career. Some found his