Flack, Audrey (b.1931, U.S.)
Lady Madonna, 1975
Lithograph, 86 x 61 cm.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Welsh, Jr. P’84
Audrey Flack holds a graduate degree and an honorary doctorate from Cooper Union in New York City, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. She attended New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts where she studied the history of art. She was awarded the St. Gaudens Medal from Cooper Union, and the honorary Albert Dome professorship from Bridgeport University. She is an honorary professor at George Washington University, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Audrey Flack has taught and lectured extensively both nationally, and internationally. A pioneer of Photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor, Ms. Flack’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia. She was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art. Audrey Flack lives and works in New York City and Long Island.
This same sense of the beyond extends into her subject matter as well, with images of religious icons mixed with a pop sensibility. One of her most haunting works is the “Macarena Esperanza,” which is represented in this show with a lithograph of the original oil painting she did in 1971. The Macarena, the patron saint of Seville, Spain, is memorialized in life- size statue that stands in a small Seville church. The statue had a profound effect on Flack when she first saw it in 1970. Executed by the artist Luisa Roldan in the 17th century, it is a hallmark of the Spanish Baroque style. The polychromed wood technique that “La Roldana” was famous for fit in perfectly with Flack’s own personal vision, being the three-dimensional equivalent of the glossy effect given by the airbrush. Flack’s version, like the original, shows the saint in a state of mourning, with large tear drops falling down a face so smooth it appears to made of colored glass. She is ornately adorned, almost to the point of gaudiness, with a towering golden headdress, flowing robes of white lace and an abundance of gold accessories.
Flack, Audrey. Audrey Flack, on painting / New York: H. N. Abrams, 1981] ND237.F46 A4 1981
Flack, Audrey. Breaking the rules: Audrey Flack, a retrospective 1950-1990 / New York: H.N. Abrams [in association with J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville], 1992. QUARTO N6537.F53 A4 1992
Icons of healing energy: the recent work of Audrey Flack. By: Gouma-Peterson, Thalia. Arts Magazine, Oct83, Vol. 58, p136-141
Re-vamping the vamp. By: Frueh, Joanna. Arts Magazine, October 1982, Vol. 57, p98-109