Audrey Flack has been represented by the Louis K. Meisel Gallery since 1972.
1. How does scale or size affect the
message sent by a work of art?
2. List the objects in one of Flack’s
artworks. What do they seem to
symbolize? What do you think
the artist’s message is?
3. Stare at the colors in one of
Flack’s paintings. How do they
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4. Discuss the space and composi-
tion in one of Flack’s photoreal-
ist paintings. Does
it seem crowded or
empty? Could objects
actually sit like this
in real life? How does
Flack suggest depth
in this painting?
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5. Flack prefers
her paintings to be
known as super-realist rather than
photorealist art. In
what ways is her art
6. Compare Marilyn
(Vanitas) to a seventeenth-cen-tury Dutch vanitas still life.
What do they have in common?
7. Where might be an appropriate
place to display this art? Explain
why you selected this place.
Nude clay maquette for Recording Angel in Flack’s studio.
Flack, Audrey. Personal interview. 4
Flack, Audrey, “Notes on Creating”
from Art & Soul. New York: E.P.
have wings, arms, and drapes
and some don’t. Many of these
are maquettes or small models
for much larger sculptures
that will be cast in bronze.
She has completed a num-
ber of colossal civic sculp-
tures aided by an assistant
who scales and enlarges her
maquettes using a pantograph, the
same tool that Michelangelo used to
enlarge his statues. She also paints
watercolor pictures of scenes around
East Hampton, New York where her
second studio is located.
In December 2006, her more than
ten-foot-tall Recording Angel was
installed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Like
each of Flack’s strong-bodied feminine statues, Recording Angel is
rich in symbolism and reminiscent
of classical sculpture. This winged
angel holds a disk and a plumed
quill. The biblical angel who records
the deeds of all in the book of life
is usually male, but Flack’s angel is
female and holds objects referencing
Flack, Audrey. Audrey Flack on
Painting. New York: Harry N.
Abrams, Inc., 1985.
Gouma-Peterson, Thalia. Breaking
the Rules: Audrey Flack, A Retrospective 1950–1990. New York:
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992.
Kaye Passmore teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. K.passmore@