The Experimental Printmaking Institute recently hosted renowned photo-realist painter and sculptor, Audrey Flack. Ms. Flack was at EPI on Friday, September 23, 2011, and shared her work and some of her vision with students, staff, and faculty.
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.
Throughout her career, Ms. Flack’s work has been featured in numerous traveling museum exhibitions, including “Twenty-two Realists” (1972) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “Super Realism” (1975-76) at the Baltimore Museum of Art; “American Painting of the Seventies” (1979) at the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Contemporary American Realism” (1981-83) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Toyama Now, 1981″ (1981) at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; and “Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream”(1989) which traveled to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ms. Flack has also held numerous solo exhibitions including at the Roko Gallery, New York; French & Company, New York; and the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, among others.
There are numerous books on her work. The most recent being “Breaking the Rules” by Thalia Gouma Peterson, published by the Abrams Publishing Company in New York.
Among her public commissions are a Monumental Gateway to the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, consisting of four twenty-foot high bronze figures on granite pedestals, and Islandia, a nine-foot high bronze sculpture for the New York City technical college in Brooklyn New York.
Audrey Flack lives and works in New York City and Long Island.