January 26, 2003
Thank you for Louise Roug's wonderfully interesting and beautifully illustrated piece on Lucian Freud and David Hockney ("The Portraitists," Jan. 12). It was a relief to finally find an article on art and not architecture in the paper. Though we may not often get stimulating shows in Los Angeles, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to write about in the art world. Perhaps the fine arts wouldn't be in such dire financial straits if they got one-eighth of the coverage of, oh, say, Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial?
December 29, 2001
Re "For Some Britons, Portrait of the Queen Is Not a Pretty Picture" (Dec. 22), about the new Lucian Freud portrait of Queen Elizabeth II: Why is anybody in the least bit surprised? All of Freud's portrait subjects end up looking like cadavers in a morgue. To describe his portraits as being "brutally honest" is being far too kind; there is something terribly misanthropic and misogynistic about his portrait work that is very unpleasant to look at. Even beautiful people look ghastly after he has attacked them.
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April 18, 2009 |
Clement Freud, 84, a grandson of Sigmund Freud who became a well-known writer, politician and urbane regular on British radio, died Wednesday at his home in London, his family said. The cause of death was not announced. Freud was best known from his three decades appearing on the BBC game show "Just a Minute," in which panelists compete to see who can talk the longest without hesitation, deviation or repetition.
November 13, 2013 |
A 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon was sold Tuesday for a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction. The previous record holder was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012. Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art that brought in a total of $691.6 million. The Bacon work depicts his fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.
February 11, 2003 |
From the fan-dancing women wearing python costumes to the multimedia display that projected David Hockney's image around the walls, MOCA's gala celebrating the opening of the Lucian Freud retrospective was -- to say the least -- memorable. It started humbly enough early Friday night, with a cocktail reception at the museum on South Grand Avenue downtown.
February 3, 1997 |
Joan Collins is portrayed lying enticingly on a sofa, Dominick Dunne writing intensely in one of his little green notebooks, Billy Wilder staring forth with owlish authority. As captured in oil on canvas by Sacha Newley, Hollywood's rich, famous and intriguing were on display along with other portraits by the young British artist at a cocktail reception opening his first American show at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday night.
November 21, 2013 |
T.S. Eliot never lived to see the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical "Cats," based on Eliot's collection of poems "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. " But Eliot's second wife and widow, Valerie, did live long enough to profit from the musical, amassing a sizable fortune from the royalties, which she used at least in part to buy art. On Wednesday, Valerie Eliot's art collection was auctioned off for approximately $12.9 million, including buyers' premium, at a Christie's auction in London.
February 11, 2011
Francis Bacon's portrait of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud fetched $37 million at a London auction Thursday. Auctioneer Sotheby's said that the triptych, "Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud," was bought a bidder who wished to remain anonymous. The crimson-toned artwork captures a distorted vision of Freud, who like Bacon was one of postwar Britain's leading artists. ?Associated Press Singlehood in sight for Sheen Charlie Sheen can go back to being single, but he'll have to wait a few months before it's official, a judge ruled Thursday.
January 12, 2003 |
Unlike David Hockney, Lucian Freud is inaccessible. He rarely grants interviews, and has chosen an emissary to speak for him. William Feaver is James Boswell to Freud's Samuel Johnson, Morris Engelberg to his Joe DiMaggio. Sitting in his home office in Clapham, a less fashionable area miles from Freud's studio, Feaver is surrounded by the painter's life. His desk is strewn with upcoming projects, assorted correspondence and art catalogs. A whippet related to Freud's Pluto sleeps in the corner.