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Lucian Freud

Reviewed by John McIntyre     Lucian Freud was governed by his appetites, a man of few inhibitions. That constant indulgence (ably mythologized in 2013 by Geordie Greig in Breakfast with Lucian) so often feels present on the canvas, translated into an almost palpable challenge to the viewer. “Does this body disgust you?” Freud seems to demand in works like Evening in the Studio (1993) or Benefits Supervisor Sleeping (1995). “Appetites have their price,” he reminds us with his lumpy, ungraceful figures. “Time takes its portion as well,” he seems to add, along with a belt of fat at the…

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

Reviewed by Karen Adelman     Frames panels lenses lines looking   I don’t really want to hear about Hockney and his life; I don’t want to know. I want to see what he sees and I want him to show me what he shows, but I don’t need all the backstory. I can see it with my own eyes as well. There are some things that you have to will into being all by yourself, because you need them there, and art can often be like that. Instead of sticking by your side like some therapeutic blanket however, art…