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Is Frank Auerbach the greatest living painter?

— December 2015

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Frank Auerbach, Head of William Feaver, 2003,  Oil on board, 451 x 406mm. Collection of Gina and Stuart Peterson © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

Judge for yourself - Auerbach's work is on show at the Tate until 13 March 2016. David Ecclestone asks whether the curator and artist are just a little too close


An excellent show; by general consent.  Waldemar Januszczak in the Sunday Times awards the accolade of Greatest Living Artist to Auerbach.  The show is extensive, well-hung, well lit, thoughtfully curated (by Catherine Lampert) and the artist’s voice is strongly represented.  What reservations could anyone have?  Just a tiny one perhaps?  Catherine...

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