Guardian Guide, Exhibitions Section
Frank Auerbach had his lightbulb moment as an artist painting London’s postwar building sites in the 1950s. Their muddy quality – the earth beneath the paving stones laid bare, first by bombs and then churned up by developers – has stuck. Famously, he likes his pigments sludgy and dirty, whether painting his Camden neighbourhood or the regular sitters in his Mornington Crescent studio over the last 50 years. Culled from private collections, this showing of his portraits runs from his early days to 1978.