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"Major Works by Michael Andrews"
2001-07-19 until 2001-10-07
Tate Britian
London, , UK United Kingdom

Michael Andrews (1928-1995) first became celebrated in the early 1960s for his series of paintings recording his fascination with the party lifestyle of the bohemian world. He did not exhibit widely during his lifetime, yet as his friend the painter Frank Auerbach observed, he only ever painted masterpieces. This is the first comprehensive survey of Andrewss entire career, with over ninety works on loan from public and private collections in Europe, the USA and Australia.

The exhibition will present all Andrewss major works, including the party paintings, among them The Deer Park, based on Norman Mailers 1957 exposť of Hollywood morals of the same title, a number of his extraordinary series such as Lights from the 1970s, and the final, elegiac works depicting the River Thames, including the last of these, on which Andrews was working at his death and which remained unfinished.

Michael Andrews studied at the Slade School of Art from 1949 to 1953 and lived variously in Norfolk and London. He described painting as the most marvellous, elaborate way of making up my mind and his mature vision is characterised by deliberation combined with painstaking technical virtuosity and great depth of understanding of his subject. His paintings of people explore human behaviour and relationships and mark Andrews as one of the late twentieth centurys great painters of portraits and modern conversation pieces. His landscapes go beyond mere description, touching on the individuals relationship with his surroundings, and ideas concerning time, history and memory.


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