Lampert, Catherine 1946-

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LAMPERT, Catherine 1946-


Born October 15, 1946, in Washington, DC; daughter of Chester G. and Emily F. (Schubach) Lampert; married Robert Keith Mason, 1971 (divorced, 1994); children: one daughter. Education: Brown University, B.A.; Temple University, M.F.A.; also attended University of London.


Office—92 Lenthall Rd, London E83JN, England.


Independent art curator and writer. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, assistant curator, 1968-69; Studio International, 1971-72; Hayward Gallery, senior exhibition organizer, 1973-88; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England, director, 1988-2001. Also a guest lecturer at the Slade School of Art.


Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA; chairman, 2003—), Charles Wallace India Trust.


(Organizer) Victor Pasmore (catalogue), Arts Council of Great Britain (London, England), 1980.

(Editor, with George Michell and Tristram Holland) In the Image of Man: The Indian Perception of the Universe through 2000 Years of Painting and Sculpture. Hayward Gallery, London, 25 March-13 June 1982: Catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain in association with Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England), 1982.

(Editor) Isabell Monod-Fontaine, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, translated from the French by David Macey, Thames & Hudson (New York, NY), 1984.

(Organizer) John Walker, Paintings from the Alba and Oceania Series, 1979-1984: 30 January-21 April 1985, Hayward Gallery London (catalogue), Arts Council of Great Britain (London, England), 1985.

Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings (catalogue), translated from the French by David Macey unless otherwise noted, Arts Council of Great Britain (London, England), 1986.

Lucian Freud: Recent Work, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1993.

(With Norman Rosenthal and Isabel Carlisle) Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings, 1954-2001 (exhibition catalogue), Royal Academy of Arts (London, England), 2001.

The Prophet and the Fly: Francis Alÿs, Turner (Madrid, Spain), 2003.

Also author of numerous essays on artists and other art topics and editor of a catalogue for exhibit of works by Francisco Toledo.


Preparing the catalogue raisonnés on the work of Euan Uglow and Lucian Freud.


Art gallery director, catalogue author, and essayist Catherine Lampert has spent much of her career organizing art exhibits in both the United States and England, where she has spent the majority of her career. She is also the author of numerous essays, most of which have appeared in catalogues produced for various exhibits. In the catalogue Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings, developed for an exhibit at the Hayward Gallery in London, Lampert's essays focus on the cross-influences of Rodin's drawings and sculptures and include data on 270 entries in the show. In Burlington Magazine, Philip-Ward Jackson noted that "Lampert presents in the catalogue convincing parallels with the drawings of Gericault." Writing in Library Journal, Gloria K. Rensch called the catalogue "required reading for Rodin specialists." Choice contributor P. N. Holder noted that Lampert "treats the creative impulses of the artist's work in a thorough and scholarly manner."

Lampert has also helped organize exhibitions and catalogues on Indian paintings and sculptures, Henri Matisse, John Walker, and Francisco Toledo. Her catalogue for figurative painter Lucian Freud focused largely on recent portraits by the artist, many of which had never been reproduced before. In the catalogue Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings, 1954-2001, written with Norman Rosenthal and Isabel Carlisle, Lampert addresses in her essay the artist's relations with his various sitters. Writing in the Times Literary Supplement, Michael Pedro noted that Lampert has written "a remarkable essay in which she incorporates interviews with his main subjects and describes her own experience as one of them."



Burlington Magazine, fall, 1987, Philip Ward-Jackson, review of Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings, pp. 132-133.

Choice, June, 1987, P. N. Holder, review of Rodin, p. 1543.

Library Journal, May 15, 1987, Gloria K. Rensoh, review of Rodin, p. 79.

New York Review of Books, December 16, 1993, Caroline Blackwood, review of Lucian Freud: Recent Work, p. 18.

New York Times Book Review, December 5, 1993, John Russell, review of Lucian Freud, p. 23.

Publishers Weekly, December 20, 1993, review of Lucian Freud, p. 57.

Times Higher Education Supplement, August 4, 2000, Anita Desai, review of Francisco Toledo, p. 26.

Times Literary Supplement, September 24, 1993, Julian Bell, review of Lucian Freud, p. 16; September 21, 2001, Michael Pedro, review of Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings, 1954-2001, pp. 18-19.

Virginia Quarterly Review, winter, 1995, Jeffrey Meyers, review of review of Lucian Freud, p. 171.

Washington Post, February 8, 1987, review of Rodin, p. 12.


Visual Arts and Galleries Association Web site, (July 13, 2004), "VAGA Welcomes Catherine Lampert As Chair."