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Podcast: Frank Auerbach in conversation with Tim Marlow

Published 6 July 2015

Coinciding with the publication of Catherine Lampert’s ‘Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting’, Tim Marlow talks to the painter Frank Auerbach

  • As well as the current publication, this autumn, Tate Britain will display a special collection of Frank Auerbach’s paintings and drawings. In his own words, Auerbach is suspicious of too much thinking: “thinking about thinking”, he says, “isn’t true thinking…If one’s really thinking, one’s not aware of it”. Doing, for the artist, is everything.

    In a conversation that spans the artist’s relentless work ethic, his thoughts on John Constable and his relationship with Lucian Freud, Auerbach offers a window into his studio and practice. Honest and uncompromising, he reveals himself as intensely self-critical, trying not to look back, forever running to keep up with what he calls painting’s “inner engine”.

    Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting is published by Thames & Hudson.

  • I've been sleepwalking all my life

    Frank Auerbach