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Audrey Flack Audrey Flack born in 1931 in New York City grew up knowingas a child she wanted to be an artist Although Flacks familydid not share her enthusiasm for her dream she attended the HighSchool of Music and Art in New York Here her promising future asan artist was beginning to unfold and she received the St Gaudens medal Upon graduating from Cooper Union as the topstudent Josef Albers lobbied and persuaded her to attend Yaleuniversitys fine arts program In 1952 from Yale she receivedher BFA After leaving Yale Flack attempted to place herselfinto the Abstract Expressionism movement that so dominated herstudent career After a seemingly sexual harassing encounterfrom one of her most revered and idolized Abstract ExpressionistJackson Pollock and the continuing desire to achieve therealness of her subjects she became a realist She is quoted assaying people have a deep need to understand their world andthat art clarifies reality for them And with that statementshe explains sheer drive to paint realistically In the 1960sshe became a married mother of two daughters and balanced hercareer at the same time Remarkably some of her most significantwork came from the sixties one of which was Kennedy Motorcadewhich capture the final moments before President Kennedy wasassassinated Her work in the 1970s was dominated by monumentalstill lifes loaded with personal iconography In these stilllifes the portrayal of many her subjects took on femininecharacteristics Flacks Photorealism was much more thanirrelevant as her peers might would claim of their own work butwas communicating many sociopolitical points of view In the1980s Flack changed from painting to sculpture Because of whatshe described to be a need for something solid real tangible -something to hold on to her sculptures depicted strongheroic fierce and athletic women which was a dearly neededbreaking down of stereotyped images of femininity Flackdescribed her work as real yet idealizedthe goddess of everywoman which must have inspired many women artist or not toachieve and break down barriers that
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