previews

  • Lucian Freud

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    June 6 - September 2

    Curated by Catherine Lampert

    Eighty-five this December, Lucian Freud remains portrait painting’s point man—even Elizabeth II allowed him to portray her, in 2001, as a fretful housewife in a diamond diadem. Artists canonized in their lifetime risk being taken for granted, however, making a retrospective such as this necessary to remind audiences of Freud’s work’s piercing, undomesticated effect. The exhibition will show seventy works, among them several new canvases, including an intricate view of the artist’s garden. Rehearsing Freud’s progression from finicky pairings of people and plants to his high style—lumpen, defenseless figures, virtually sculpted in impasto—the show is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Lampert, Freud’s son Frank Paul, and critic Martin Gayford. Travels to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, Sept. 15, 2007–Jan. 28, 2008; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Feb. 18–June 8, 2008.