This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights artist Lucian Freud, whose paintings are the subject of a major exhibition that originated at the National Portrait Gallery in London and which is now at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Titled “Lucian Freud: Portraits,” the exhibition is on view at MAMFW through October 28.
My guests are Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee, a friend of Freud’s who has written several books on his work, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth chief curator Michael Auping, who helped organize the exhibition and who conducted the last interviews with Freud before his death last year. Smee and I also discuss art and museums in Boston and New England, and his new e-book, titled “Frame by Frame.”
Among the works Auping and I discuss is this tremendous picture of longtime Freud model Leigh Bowery, titled Nude with Leg Up (1992). It’s in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington and might be the best Freud in a U.S. museum collection.
Image: Lucian Freud, Nude with Leg Up (detail), 1992.