Frank Auerbach’s paintings and sketches capture a period of rebuilding in London, and the rest of the UK. Recovering from the bombings on WWII, which destroyed wide swaths of the Capital, architects and planners envisioned a modern, hygienic city. Auerbach, a Jewish artist born in Berlin, cast his eye on the rebuilding projects leading to a rare series depicting the period.
A full review of the exhibition, entitled London Building Sites: 1952-62, ran in today’s New York Times. This is the first exhibition to bring the together this group of works and it runs at the Courtauld Institute through January 17, 2009.
Examples after the jump.