Julian Lethbridge

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Julian Lethbridge
Born1947
ResidenceManhattan, US
Connecticut, US
EducationWinchester College
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationPainter, drawer

Julian Lethbridge (born 1947) is a British Ceylon-born, US-based, British abstract painter and drawer.[1][2] His work is in permanent collections of museums in North America and Europe.

Early life[edit]

Julian Lethbridge was born in 1947 in Colombo, British Ceylon.[3][2] He grew up in England.[2]

Lethbridge was educated at Winchester College, where he was a boarder from 1960 to 1966.[2] He enrolled at the University of Cambridge in 1966, graduating in 1969.[2]

Career[edit]

Lethbridge was a banker from 1969 to 1972, when he moved to New York City to embark upon a career as a painter and drawer.[2] Through his relationship with the American artist Jennifer Bartlett, he met Jasper Johns, who "became a kind of mentor" to him, and due to their closeness, many incorrectly assumed that they were lovers.[4]

By 1988, his work was exhibited at the Julian Pretto Gallery, and he was the recipient of the Francis J. Greenburger Award.[2] A year later, in 1989, his work was exhibited at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in San Francisco.[2]

His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[5][6][3] the Whitney Museum of American Art,[7] the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.,[2] the Art Institute of Chicago,[8] and the Tate Britain in London.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1970s, he had a relationship with the American artist Jennifer Bartlett, nine years his senior.[4] After Bartlett left him, he had relationships with the photographer Mary Ellen Mark, the feminist Germaine Greer, and the French novelist Katherine Pancol.[4]

Lethbridge lives in Manhattan and Connecticut with Anne Hendricks Bass, an investor, art collector and philanthropist.[11] They have been together since the mid-1990s.[4]

They were taken hostage on her Connecticut estate in 2007.[11] Five years later, in 2012, their butler was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted extortion.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Prints". Arion Press. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Julian Lethbridge". John Berggruen Gallery. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Untitled (2003–04)". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Shnayerson, Michael (August 2007). "Something Happened at Anne's!". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Untitled (1988)". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Untitled (1991–92)". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^ "ALL ARTISTS IN THE COLLECTION As of May 20, 2014". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Lethbridge, Julian". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Untitled 1990". Tate Britain. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Access 1992". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Did the butler do it? Socialite and boyfriend were 'held captive and injected with mystery liquid by fired employee in ransom bid'". Daily Mail. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Butler sentenced to 20 years for trying to extort millions from Anne H. Bass". The New York Post. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2015.