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Frank Auerbach: London Building Sites 1952-62

A new exhibition sees a young Frank Auerbach capture the rebuilding of post-war London

Frank Auerbach, one of Britain’s greatest living artists, is set to display some of his earliest works at the Courtauld Gallery from 16 October. London Building Sites: 1952-62 promises an insight into the rise of London’s skyline and the rise of Auerbach.

From 1952  Auerbach finds himself a niche market in sketching and painting the various construction sites that had sprung up all over London. With tower blocks and high-rise flats starting to define London’s skyline, these paintings focus on the early stages of construction when the city remained semi-ruined.

With inch-thick paint found on some of the pieces, the paintings are so solid that they had to be laid flat when first exhibited in 1956.

Dates: 16 October 2009 to 19 January 2010
Location:The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm, last admission 5.30pm. Late-night opening 22 October and 19 November until 9pm;
Admission: Adult: £5.00, concessions: £4.00;
Free admission: Mondays 10am to 2pm
Free at all times for under 18s, full-time UK students and unwaged
Nearest train/tube stations: Charing Cross, Waterloo, Blackfriars/ Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross

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