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Lucian Freud and the Soul as Sphere

26 November 2022 to 19 March 2023 The Lightbox

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), The Painters Mother IV, 1973, oil on canvas © Tate © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images © Keith Critchlow. Image courtesy the estate of Keith Critchlow
Somaya Critchlow – an artist whose work explores the ever-shifting boundaries that define how and what we see, with a particular interest in the historical canon of painting, drawing and printmaking – curates The Soul as Sphere, an exhibition that brings together artworks that explore aspects of the human condition, depicted figuratively and abstractly.

Through this exhibition Somaya Critchlow presents a highly personal observation of interconnection between the artists exhibited, weaving together perspectives on light, shape, and form and the personal through relationship and subject.

The Soul as Sphere is an exhibition anchored around Critchlow’s grandfather, the late artist, professor of architecture, writer and geometer, Dr Keith Critchlow. First presented in Spring 2022 at Maximillian William, London, this show explored his lasting influence on the arts. As part of the two adjoining presentations, The Soul as Sphere will be re-exhibited and expanded on from the original selection of artworks. The legacy of Keith Critchlow is built into the walls of The Lightbox, as among the many artists, architects and creatives influenced by Keith Critchlow is Julia Barfield, architect of The Lightbox. Keith Critchlow both taught Barfield at the Architectural Association in London and worked alongside her on the award-winning Cambridge Mosque, completed in 2019.

It is in this context that The Lightbox has invited contemporary artist Somaya Critchlow to curate a presentation of Lucian Freud works. Lucian Freud is one of the eight artists featured in The Soul as Sphere, his work is on view in the exhibition alongside examples from Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Frank Bowling, Keith Critchlow, Somaya Critchlow, Käthe Kollwitz, and Leon Kossoff. The Lucian Freud presentation, marking the centenary of Freud’s birth, features works that span the near sixty years of Freud’s creative output and is one of the first regional exhibitions dedicated to the artist. In both presentations there is a tenderness imbued with personal narrative and timely connections which expand on contemporary and historical Britain.

Sarah Brown, Director of The Lightbox Gallery and Museum says:The Freud centenary offers us the opportunity to reconsider the artist's achievement in the broader context of his contemporaries and his impact and legacy on contemporary artists today.”

Further Information: Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere | The Lightbox

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