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.