November 12, 2013 |
A three-panel painting by British artist Francis Bacon broke auction price records Tuesday at Christie's in New York, garnering the most money --$142.4 million -- of any work ever sold at an auction. Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for highest auction price tag; it sold at Sotheby's in 2012 for almost $120 million. The Bacon work, a triptych from 1969 titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” depicts another painter, Lucian Freud, a friend of Bacon's -- and ultimately an artistic rival -- sitting in three different positions on the same chair.
October 17, 2013 |
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
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May 18, 2013 |
Hedda Bolgar, a psychologist old enough to have attended Sigmund Freud's lectures in Vienna but youthful enough to have treated patients until just a few weeks ago, has died. She was 103. Her mind was sharp, her zest for work keen, and her social calendar full until shortly before her death on Monday, said Allen Yasser, her longtime friend and colleague. "It took me a month to get a dinner date with her, and we were virtually family," said Yasser, a psychologist and psychoanalyst.
January 25, 2013 |
Many of the elements that make up "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich," the internationally acclaimed offering from the Australian company Back to Back Theatre, will be familiar to theatergoers of an avant-garde bent. There's the mixing of Eastern and Western iconography. There's the metatheatrical high jinks in which a good portion of the show is about the making of the show. And then there's the old standby, the close scrutiny of ever shifting power relations. But it's unlikely that you will have ever seen anything quite like this production, which is being presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA's Freud Playhouse through Sunday.
January 21, 2013 |
Meredith Monk - composer, pioneering vocalist, choreographer, dancer, theater maker, filmmaker, mythmaker - has long been an art-world force of nature. Now Monk, 71 and with a rapturous new work, is Mother Nature. If you don't find that formidable, then perhaps I could interest you in a fixer-upper on the New Jersey shore The title is "On Behalf of Nature," and the first performance was Friday night at the Freud Playhouse on behalf of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, which commissioned it. Every one of its enrapturing 73 minutes was a minute well spent.
January 18, 2013
Classifying Meredith Monk's music is a fool's errand. Her work blends art song, dance, theater and set design into a total experience centered on her rare and powerful voice. Her newest work, "On Behalf of Nature," explores our relationship and ties to the natural world. Freud Playhouse, UCLA. 8 p.m. Fri. $40-$45. cap.ucla.edu .