Earlier this week I posited that the best Lucian Freud in a U.S. museum collection might be a picture of longtime Freud model Leigh Bowery, titled Nude with Leg Up (1992) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. Well, if that isn’t the best one, then it’s this picture of longtime Freud model Leigh Bowery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s titled Naked Man, Back View (1991-92). It’s on view now at the Met, here.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights 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.”