ICA LONDON PRESENT THE EXPLORATORY FRANCIS BACON ARCHIVAL DISPLAY: ‘FB55′

Francis Bacon, Figure with Meat 1954, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

FB55 features prints of works including the pictured Francis Bacon, Figure with Meat 1954, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

ICA London present ‘FB55′, an archival display exploring Francis Bacon’s first ever solo institutional exhibition in the UK in 1955.

In 1955 the ICA’s former premises on Dover Street was host to Bacon’s original landmark show. The exhibition was organised with the help of philanthropist, collector and ICA founder Peter Watson – then the richest man in Britain and a longstanding Bacon supporter.

‘FB55′ is displaying now through to 17 May 2015 in the ICA Fox Reading Room. The show includes print reproductions of originally displayed works, rare installation photographs of the 1955 exhibition, press reviews, publications, invitation cards and other rarely seen documents from the ICA’s archive.

Print reproductions of works originally displayed in 1955 are on show including the pictured Figure with Meat (1954), Portrait (1932), Figure with Monkey (1951), Three Studies of the Human Head (1953) and many more.

For more information please visit the exhibition site, here you can also find out about a series of related events being organised by the ICA.

FB55
24 March – 17 May 2015
ICA London, SW1Y 5AH

Word reference: ICA website.
Please note all display and related event details, including dates and featured material, are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the ICA.

FRANCIS BACON’S ART RECLINES WITH TRACEY EMIN’S BED

Francis Bacon, Reclining Woman 1961. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Reclining Woman 1961. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

From today, Francis Bacon’s Reclining Woman (1961), and Study of a Dog (1952), are on display alongside Tracey Emin’s installation; My Bed (1998), in the new Tate Britain display; ‘BP Spotlight: Tracy Emin and Francis Bacon’.

Emin’s My Bed installation returns to the Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition. It is joined by six recent figure drawings by Emin, and two Francis Bacon works selected by Emin herself.

In an interview with the Tate Tracey Emin explains why she selected two Francis Bacon works to be displayed with her My Bed installation:

‘I said I’d like to show it with Bacon, because I thought there would be a really good dialogue between the intensity and anger in his work and the way the bed has this sense of collapse and seems completely forlorn. And there’s also this kind of debauchery and craziness going on between both artists, but done in a completely different way.’ – Tracy Emin

This display is curated by Elena Crippa and Leyla Fakhr, and is lent by The Duerckheim Collection 2015. Further details of other BP Spotlight exhibitions is available via the Tate website.

Located around the outer perimeter of the galleries, ‘BP Spotlights’ branches off from Tate Britain’s Chronological art display ‘BP Walk through British Art’, which includes other Francis Bacon works, read more on this via our previous blog post. Both exhibitions are free to view.

BP Spotlight: Tracy Emin and Francis Bacon
31 March 2015 – June 2016
Tate Britain, London

Word reference: Tate Britain website.
Please note all details including dates and featured works are subject to change. For all confirmation please contact Tate Britain.

FRANCIS BACON’S PAINTINGS DUE TO BE DISPLAYED IN NEW CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ EXHIBITION

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Michel Leiris', 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’, 1976, Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Portrait of Michel Leiris’ (1976) and Study of the Human Body (1982) are due to go on display at the Centre Pompidou-Metz exhibition ‘Michel Leiris & Co. Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…’.

The exhibition running from 3 April through to 14 September 2015 encompasses 350 works, including masterpieces by Michel Leiris’ closest artist friends Miró, Masson, Giacometti, Picasso, and Bacon.

Michel Leiris was a prominent 20th Century intellectual, a poet, an autobiographical writer, professional ethnographer, and close friend of many great artists and writers of his times.

“…this exhibition aims at shedding light upon Michel Leiris’ multi-faceted character, his passions and commitments. It equally sets out to highlight the innovative aspect of his œuvre and the pertinence of his ideas which, at a time of globalisation and post-colonial studies, have made him an essential contemporary reference.” – Centre Pompidou website

The exhibition is curated by: Agnès de la Beaumelle (Honorary Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou), Marie-Laure Bernadac (Honorary Chief Curator, Musée du Louvre), Denis Hollier (Professor of Literature French Department at New York University) with, expert advisor Jean Jamin. Find out more via Centre Pompidou’s exhibition site.

Leiris & Co: Picasso, Masson, Miró, Giacometti, Lam, Bacon…
3 April – 14 September 2015
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Word reference: Centre Pompidou-Metz website.
Please note all details including dates and featured works are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact Centre Pompidou-Metz.

MAJOR FRANCIS BACON EXHIBITION AT THE SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

 

Francis Bacon, Head of a Man No 1, 1960. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Head of a Man No 1, 1960. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon and the Masters, set to be an internationally important exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, opens 18 April. The exhibition will showcase Bacon’s art alongside masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters and sculptors, in a spectacular exploration of Bacon’s working methods and ideas.

Over twenty-five works by Bacon will be displayed beside pieces by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rodin, Michelangelo, Picasso, Bernini, Cezanne, Titian, Matisse and Van Gogh, as well as examples of antique Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum. Many of these works have never before travelled to the UK.

This exhibition comes to Norwich following an internationally acclaimed opening at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, marking the culmination of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage, and concluded the UK/Russia Year of Culture.

The founders of the Sainsbury Centre, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were early patrons of Francis Bacon. They purchased their first Bacon painting, Study for a Nude, in 1953, and went on to commission their portraits from him. The thirteen Bacon paintings in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection will form the core group of works in the exhibition, they will be joined by important loans drawn from public and private collections across Britain and Ireland. For more information on this exhibition, including ticketing information, please visit the exhibition site.

Working alongside colleagues from the Sainsbury Centre and State Hermitage Museum, Francis Bacon and the Masters is curated by Dr Thierry Morel.

Francis Bacon and the Masters
18 April – 26 July 2015
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
UEA, Norwich,
NR4 7TJ

Word reference: SCVA website and press release. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART DISPLAYS SLEEPING FIGURE

Francis Bacon, Sleeping Figure, 1959. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Sleeping Figure, 1959. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Sleeping Figure, 1959, is currently on display at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, in the exhibition; Rubens and His Legacy, Van Dyck to Cézanne.

The exhibition on now through to 10 April, features over 160 works, bringing together Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s (1577–1640) masterpieces, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him. The Royal Academy of Arts website describes it as “a far reaching and remarkable legacy”.

Bacon’s Sleeping Figure, 1959, is included in La Peregrina, a personal and contemporary response to Rubens and His Legacy by celebrated artist and Royal Academician Jenny Saville. Saville has brought together artists from Picasso to the present day whose work connects with Rubens’s. From the fleshy handling of paint to the use of colour, violence and spectacle, Saville’s selection shows the continuing preoccupations artists share with Rubens. Francis Bacon’s art joins works by fellow major 20th and 21st century artists including Pablo Picasso, Sarah Lucas, and Lucian Freud. Saville herself has created new work especially for this occasion.

“Whether you think you like Rubens or not, his influence runs through the pathways of painting. Like Warhol, he changed the game of art.” – Jenny Saville RA

The exhibition is curated by Dr Nico Van Hout, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp and Dr Arturo Galansino Curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London with an advisory committee of advisors including art historians, Sir Christopher White and Elizabeth McGrath. For more information on this exhibition, including ticketing, audio, video, and info on related events, please visit the exhibition website.

Rubens and His Legacy, Van Dyck to Cézanne
24 January 2015 – 10 April 2015
The Royal Academy of Arts
London

Word reference: The Royal Academy of Arts website, online large print labels and press release. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Royal Academy of Arts website.

BACON LITHOGRAPHS EXHIBITED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2015. All rights reserved. A lithograph of this piece is currently on display at the Graham Hunter Galley, London.

London’s Graham Hunter Gallery is currently exhibiting and selling lithographs by Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, in the exhibition; Abstactors of the Human Form, on until 28 February.

‘What was it about the middle of the 20th century that inspired two very different artists to employ the concept of the abstract, to the capturing of the human form?’ – The Graham Hunter Gallery

The Graham Hunter Gallery presents a finely printed collection of lithographs by Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, examining their attitude and approach to the representation of the body.

The collection of Francis Bacon lithographs on display includes colour prints of Bacon’s work including; Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1966, Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud, 1966, and Portrait of Henrietta Moraes 1966.

The exhibition is free to view to the public, with the exhibited lithographs available for purchase. For more information, please visit the exhibition site.

Abstactors of the Human Form
1 February – 28 February 2015
Graham Hunter Gallery
London, W1U 6RQ

Word reference: Graham Hunter Gallery website. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Graham Hunter Gallery.

PACE LONDON DISPLAYS BACON’S JOHN EDWARDS ART

Francis Bacon, Portrait of John Edwards, 1988. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Portrait of John Edwards, 1988. Oil paint on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Portrait of John Edwards (1988), Poster for the 1988 Van Gogh Exhibition in Arles (1985) and  ‘Streetscape with Colonnade’ (1945) currently feature in Pace London’s exhibition A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser which runs to 28 March.

John Edwards was Francis Bacon’s closest friend and companion from 1976 until Bacon’s death in April 1992. Edwards is the subject of over twenty Bacon paintings, with Portrait of John Edwards, 1988, a particularly noted work. All of Bacon’s brushstrokes of Edwards were painted exclusively from photographs and from memory, never from life.

“the only true friend I ever had”. – Francis Bacon on John Edwards.

John Edwards’ studies in photography saw him take photographs on Bacon’s behalf, many of which the artist used in his paintings; Bacon, who thought very highly of these, would often refer to Edwards as “my photographer”.  Read more about John Edwards and his friendship with Francis bacon via our website.

Pace London explains on its website it is; “honoured to present A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, a momentous exhibition that will take as inspiration the character and career of celebrated art dealer and pioneer, Robert Fraser. Curated by Brian Clarke.” Bacon’s work is shown alongside the art of David Bailey, Liz Finch, Peter Blake, Andy Warhol and many others. For more information please visit the exhibition site.

A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser
06 Feb 2015 – 28 Mar 2015
Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens
London W1S 3ET

Word reference: Pace London press release and website, The Estate of Francis Bacon website. Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability, for all confirmation please contact Pace London.

HEAD (MAN IN BLUE), 1961, DISPLAYING IN PARIS

Francis Bacon, Head (Man in Blue), 1961. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Head (Man in Blue), 1961. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s art is currently displaying in Paris at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, in an exhibition celebrating the Foundation’s 30th anniversary.

Head (Man in Blue), 1961, features in the exhibition The Inhabitants an idea by Guillermo Kuitca, running until February 22nd 2015.

The Inhabitants is an installation created especially for the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain by the Argentinian painter Guillermo Kuitca. Occupying the entire lower level visitors are plunged into a pictoral and sound environment, building an intricate network between Guillermo Kuitca’s art and that of fellow artists Tarsila do Amaral, Francis Bacon, David Lynch, Vija Celmins, Patti Smith and Artavazd Pelechian.

Francis Bacon’s Head (Man in Blue), 1961, acts as a pivotal element in Guillermo Kuitca’s installation, linking the various artists and allowing their works to respond to each other and to the various forces at work.

The Inhabitants reflects the unique manner in which the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has operated for 30 years; bringing together works, artists and ideas. For further information, including an interview with Guillermo Kuitca, installation shots and a video, please visit the exhibition website.

The Inhabitants
25th October – 22nd February 2015
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Paris, France.

Word reference: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain website.
Please note all details including exhibition dates are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability, for all confirmation please contact Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

TWO STUDIES FOR SELF-PORTRAIT TO BE EXHIBITED AND AUCTIONED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977. Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977 is due to be exhibited and auctioned by Sotheby’s in London, as part of their Contemporary Art Evening Auction on February 10th.

“I’ve done a lot of self-portaits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve had nobody else to paint but myself.” – Francis Bacon quoted in 1975.

By 1977, many of Francis Bacon’s closest companions including his lover George Dyer had passed away, having an effect on Bacon’s physical and emotional artistic subject pool. Whilst these panels are not the first time Bacon has captured himself, nor that a self-portrait has been associated with an artist’s perception of mortality, this work does present for interpretation a classic example of Bacon’s very direct, intense and quite literally dark take on life. In both panels Bacon’s ongoing relationship with the painting of the mouth is further explored, with the right panel’s mouth contorted and seemingly screaming as the artist’s face starts to be pulled into a black abyss.

Ahead of its Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Sotheby’s highlights exhibition is set to display Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait. The exhibition is a ticketed event, however tickets are available free of charge from Sotheby’s. Please find here and below exhibition dates and times*.

Sat, 07 Feb 15 | 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm GMT
Sun, 08 Feb 15 | 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm GMT
Mon, 09 Feb 15 | 09:00 am – 07:00 pm GMT
Tue, 10 Feb 15 | 09:00 am – 12:00 pm GMT

More information on Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for Self-Portrait, 1977 is available via Sotheby’s website. Additionally a video is also available to view with Sotheby’s providing further insight on Bacon’s work.

Word reference: Sotheby’s website. Francis Bacon quote: David Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon, 4th ed., 1993, London: Thames & Hudson, page 129.
*Please note all details including exhibition dates and details are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s London.

BACON’S VAN GOGH PAINTING ON DISPLAY IN THE NETHERLANDS

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

A Francis Bacon painting of Vincent Van Gogh is currently on display at the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands.

A redesigned presentation of the Van Gogh Museum collection is inviting visitors to ‘Step into Van Gogh’s World’. Visitors will see not only Van Gogh’s masterpieces but also his sketches and letters, giving insight into the ideas and ambition behind his art. Also showcased at the Museum is Van Gogh’s inspiration on the art world, where Francis Bacon’s art features.

Periodically, a special (modern) artwork will be displayed that shows to be influenced and inspired by Van Gogh. Presently, this is Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh VI’ 1957, currently on display at the Van Gogh Museum until the end of May 2015, on loan from London’s Southbank Centre.

Van Gogh Museum
1070 AJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)20 570 5200
E: info@vangoghmuseum.nl

Word reference: Van Gogh Museum website. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Van Gogh Museum.