This is my most successful painting of 2016. Someday I’d like to see it on a large wall, perhaps in a installation. Aces!
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible creates a nice balance between old and new with 179 works ranging from the Renaissance to present day. The exhibition’s insistence on subjectivity and participation falls in line with contemporary art formula. The unfinished work creates a tension between the artist and viewer and engages the viewer’s imagination in ways a completed work would not.
The paintings in the first room of Frank Auerbach’s Tate Britain retrospective date from the postwar years, yet their glistening surfaces—almost sculptural in thickness—look as if they still may not have dried.