Audrey Flack (American, b.1931) was born in New York, NY, in 1931. She attended Cooper Union from 1948 to 1951. Flack went on to receive a BFA from Yale University in 1952, before studying art history at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She received an honorary doctorate degree from Cooper Union in 1977, and the Saint-Gaudens Medal from the same institution in 1982.

Flack began her career engaging in the Abstract Expressionist movement, but left it and gained notoriety for her work as a Photorealist painter. She holds the distinction of being the first Photorealist painter to have a piece bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Flack also participated in two important Realist exhibitions: Twenty-two Realists at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1972) and Super Realism at the Baltimore Museum of Art (1975–1976). Some of her major Photorealistic works were Wheel of Fortune (Vanitas) (1977–1978) and Marilyn: Golden Girl (1978).

Flack’s work has been exhibited in many major museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She eventually moved away from Photorealism and began to produce monumental public sculptures, including Civitas: The Four Visions (1991), a set of four statues at the gateway to the city of Rock Hill, SC, and Veritas (2007) at the 13th Judicial Couthouse in Tampa, FL. Flack currently lives and works in New York City.

Timeline

1931
Born: New York, NY
1948–1951
Cooper Union, New York, NY
1952
BFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1953
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY
1960–1968
Professor at New York University, New York, NY
1970–1974
Taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1985
Artist of the Year Award, New York City Art Teachers Association
1990–1994
Visiting Professor, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1994
Awarded Honorary Professor, George Washington University
2004
Honorary Doctorate, Lyme Academy of Art
2005
Visiting Professor, Studio Art School International, Florence, Italy
2007
Honorary Ziegfeld Award, Keynote Speaker, National Art Education Association, New York, NY

Exhibitions

2009
Figure 8 - Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY
Picturing America: Fotorealismus der 70er Jahre - Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
2008
Audrey Flack: From Abstract Expressionism to Photorealism, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2007
Plasters and Disasters - Audrey Flack's Recent Sculpture, Kingsborough Community College, NY (solo)
Audrey Flack: Abstract Expressionist, Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ (solo)
Daphne Speaks: An Exhibition of Sculpture and Master Workshop Prints, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (solo)
2002
Drawings, Watercolors and Sculptures - Responses to 9/11, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY (solo)
2001
Plein Air Watercolors and Drawings, Bernaducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999
Icons of the 20th Century, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (solo)
1998
Audrey Flack - New Work, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997–1998
Table Tops: Morandi's Still Lifes to Mapplethorpe's Flower Studies, California Center for the Arts Museum Escondido, CA
1996
Audrey Flack: Daphne Speaks, Guild Hall Museum East Hampton, NY
1995
Audrey Flack-A 20-Year Survey, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1992–1993
Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective 1950-1990, traveling exhibition Wight Art Museum, Butler Institute, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Speed Art Museum
1991–1992
Six Takes on Photo-Realism, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1991
Audrey Flack: Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters, The Parrish Art Museum Southampton, NY
A Pantheon of Female Deities, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY
1986
Sacred Images in Secular Art, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1983
Audrey Flack The Early Years 1953-1968, Armstrong Gallery New York, NY
1981
Seven Photorealists From New York Collections, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1974
New Photo-Realism, Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford, CT
1973
American Drawings 1963-1973, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Literature

1996
Strassfield, Christina Mossaides and Korn, Henry. Daphne Speaks, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY (catalogue)
Jones, Arthur, F. Love Conquers All, Art Museum of West Virginia (catalogue)
Ramlijac, Susanne. "Divine Flesh", Artopia Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
1995–1996
Shaw, Reesey. Narcism, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA. Illustrated (catalogue)
In Three Dimensions, Snug Harbor Museum, Staten Island, NY
1992
Gouma-Peterson, Thalia. Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective 1950-1990, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
1990
Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, a Retrospective 1950-1990, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
1986
Janson, H.W. History of Art, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY (first revised edition)
Arnason, H.H. History of Modern Art, (third edition), Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
1981
Flack, Audrey. Audrey Flack On Painting, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York
1980
Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York