August 4, 2017

Hilton Als to Curate Exhibition Series for the Yale Center for British Art

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—Writer, critic, and curator Hilton Als will organize a series of three solo exhibitions over three years by contemporary British artists for the Yale Center for British Art. The first exhibition will open in spring 2018 and feature work by the Indian-born British artist Celia Paul, reports Victoria Stapley-Brown for The Art Newspaper.

Paul, who will collaborate on the exhibition with Als and the YCBA, was a student at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London in the late 1970s where she met painter Lucian Freud, with whom she had a romantic relationship and a son. According to Als, Freud’s career overshadowed Paul’s early work and Paul’s influence is apparent in Freud’s work from that time. The two began a friendship ten years ago, and Als included Paul in the 2015 exhibition Forces of Nature at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery.

In 2019, Als and the Yale Center for British Art will present an exhibition by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, whose work is currently on view at the New Museum in New York. An exhibition by Peter Doig will be held in 2020. Following the exhibition series, the Yale Center for British Art will publish a book by Als about the three artists.

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