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Audrey Flack Born in New York City in 1931 Audrey Flack immediately knew she wanted to become an artist Despite her familys lack of enthusiasm about her artistic goals Flack attended the high school of Music and Art where she won the St Gaudens medal Following graduation from Cooper Union where she was a top student she was recruited by Josef Albers to participate in the fine arts program at Yale She received a BFA in 1952 and an Honorary Doctorate from Cooper Union in 1977 Gouma-Peterson 9 Flack them moved back to New York to study anatomy at the Art Students League responding to her desire to paint realistically a technique ignored in her previous years of education Audrey Flack writes I always wanted to draw realistically For me art is a continuous discovery into reality an exploration of visual data which has been going on for centuries each artist contributing to the next generations advancement I wanted to go a step further and extend the boundaries I also believe people have a deep need to understand their world and that art clarifies reality for them Gouma-Peterson 15 For Flack the 1960s was a period of artistic consolidation She gave birth to two daughters one autistic and attempted to balance art with marriage children and part-time teaching jobs In the mid-sixties she branched into compositions based on photographs taken from documentary news focusing on public figures like Roosevelt Kennedy and Hitler Her most significant work was titled Kennedy Motorcade capturing the moments just before Kennedy was shot She also painted numerous portraits of women all from public media sources Audrey is most often identified as one of the leading artists of Photorealist from its origin in the early 1960s to the present day However her art has long since moved beyond the mainstay of much Photorealist art Not content to merely copy the world as we see it Audrey Flack has
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