CURRENT FRANCIS BACON EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

Francis Bacon, 'Triptych-August 1972' (1972) currently on display at the Tate Britain, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

It has been a busy year so far, with the art of Francis Bacon continuing to be exhibited across the globe. Here we highlight some of the current displays of Francis Bacon artwork. Further information via previous blog posts can be found by clicking on the artwork titles, or where otherwise specified, and clicking on exhibition titles will take you to the third party exhibition websites*.

Please note that information on previous blog posts, included artwork listed as being on display, may differ from the more recent information listed here, this may be due to gallery/museum display alterations. All exhibition details, including dates and artworks on display are subject to change. For all confirmation please contact the relevant museum/gallery.

In Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty’ has entered its final week.’Terror and Beauty’ displays more than 130 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and archival materials. The exhibition ends on Sunday 20th July. More information can be found via this previous blog post.

In London, ‘Study for a Pope III’ (1961) is displayed in England’s capital for the first time since being hosted by the Tate in 1962. The Bacon artwork is a feature of the Skarstedt Gallery exhibition ‘In Homage’, running until August 8th.

Also in London, Francis Bacon artworks are included in the Tate Britain’s ‘BP Walk through British Art’, the gallery’s chronological presentation of the “World’s Greatest Collection of British Art”, which opened to the public last year. Francis Bacon artwork on display includes ‘Painted Screen’ (c.1929), ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (c.1944), and ‘Triptych – August 1972’ (pictured above). Read more on via this previous blog post.

In the US, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) are exhibiting Francis Bacon’s ‘Two Figures with a Monkey’ (1973) as part of the exhibition ‘Treasures of the Tamayo, Mexico City’, at the MCASD’s at La Jolla location, until August 31st.

In the Netherlands, running until August 24th, Het Noordbrabants Museum are exhibiting a world first showing of the graphic oeuvre of Francis bacon, entitled: ‘Francis Bacon – The Graphic Works’. The exhibition features over 27 lithographs, etchings and aquatints from the period 1971 – 1991. Read more via this previous blog post.

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Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of Francis Bacon art displays.
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LYON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SET TO DISPLAY BACON WORKS

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Bullfight no 2' 1969, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Bullfight no 2' 1969, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey' 1980, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey' 1980, Oil paint on Canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Musée des Beaux-Arts De Lyon (Lyon Museum of Fine Arts) is set to display two works by Francis Bacon from this November in the exhibition ‘From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac Collection’.

The two Francis Bacon paintings due to feature in the exhibition are ‘Carcass of Meat and Bird of Prey’ 1980, and ‘Study for a Bullfight, no. 2′ 1969. Actress Jacqueline Delubac acquired first ‘Carcass of Meat…’ in 1982 and later ‘Study for a Bullfight…’, with both paintings bequeathed to the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts after Delubac’s death in 1997 as per her wishes.

‘Study for a Bullfight, no. 2′ evokes a sense of swirling physical movement with curves surrounding the turning bull and fighter, whom almost become one. It is believed by some that there is no story Bacon wishes to tell here, but rather a strictly physical interpretation of a bullfight. Bacon is known to of sought sensations above narrative in his painting.

‘From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac Collection’ is a major autumn exhibition presenting Delubac as an actress, “most elegant woman in all of Paris”, and an art collector, who bequeathed thirty-eight significant works of art to the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, the city of her birth. For more information please visit the exhibition website.

From Degas to Bacon. The Jacqueline Delubac collection
November 5th 2014 – February 16th 2015
Lyon Museum of Fine Arts
20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon
33 (0)4 72 10 17 40

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Please note that all details including displays, dates and times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Lyon Museum of Fine Arts directly.

‘STUDY FOR A POPE III’ TO BE EXHIBITED IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, 'Study for a Pope III' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Study for a Pope III' 1961, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for a Pope III’ (1961) is to be displayed at the Skarstedt Gallery London in their upcoming exhibition ‘In Homage’.

‘In Homage’ runs from June 27th to August 8th. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists have been influenced by their predecessors, looking beyond comparison, considering aspects such as affinity, stylistic approach and painterly process.

‘Study for a Pope III’ was last exhibited in London at the Tate Gallery in 1962. The piece is another example of Francis Bacon returning to the subject of Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1650), a theme first explored by Bacon in 1950.

“Because I think it is one of the greatest portraits that have ever been made, and I became obsessed by it. I buy book after book with this illustration in it of the Velasquez Pope, because it just haunts me, and it opens up all sorts of feelings and areas of – I was going to say – imagination, even, in me.” - Francis Bacon on Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Bacon originally conceived this work as part of a polyptych of six paintings. Skarstedt believe that in this study, perhaps more than in any other, the contradiction of man’s mortality versus the power of the Papal office is best conveyed by the frailty of the diminished figure engulfed in his throne and the splattering of paint depicting his facial contortions. Like Velázquez before him, Bacon’s achievement lies in his ability to go beyond a formal likeness and to capture the essence of the man himself.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include George Condo, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol, with their paintings referencing masterpieces by Velázquez, Picasso, Baselitz, Ernst, Goya, Munch and de Chirico. For further information please visit the Skarstedt website.

In Homage
June 27th – August 8th, 2014
Skarstedt Gallery London
23 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PZ
t: +44 207 499 5200

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Please note that all details including dates and times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Skarstedt Gallery London directly.

RARELY SEEN BACON TRIPTYCH TO BE EXHIBITED AND AUCTIONED BY SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)', 1964, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)', 1964, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s triptych ‘Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)’, 1964, is to be displayed in London for the first time in 20 years by Sotheby’s, ahead of its sale at their Contemporary Art Evening Auction.

Having remained in the same collection since 1970 the small scale triptych has rarely been seen. It will be exhibited in Sotheby’s London galleries from Friday 27th until noon on Monday 30th June, prior to its auction on the evening of the 30th.

Interestingly, despite 129 photograph’s of Dyer found in Bacon’s Studio after the Bacon’s death, this triptych is known as one of only five of Dyer painted in this small scale. Speculation on the smaller size has been interpreted by some as an intimate gesture by the painter, with Dyer considered to be the love of Bacon’s life.

Sotheby’s believe ‘Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground)’ is thought to mark a significant point in Bacon’s work, in that it is in all likelihood the first painting that Bacon painted using the photographs of John Deakin as source material. In early 1964, just months after he first met Dyer, Bacon commissioned Deakin – a former Vogue staff photographer and one of Bacon’s Soho drinking buddies – to take photographs of Dyer and other fellow habitués of Soho’s Colony Room. The photographs of Deakin became much used source material in Bacon’s art.

“If I know them and have photographs of them, I find it easier to work than actually having their presence in the room. I think that, if I have the presence of the images there, I am not able to drift so freely as I am able to through the photographic image. This may just be my own neurotic sense but I find it less inhibiting to work from them through memory and their photographs than actually having them seated there before me.” (the artist cited in: David Sylvester, Interviews with Francis Bacon, London 1993, p.48).

For more information about Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction and exhibition dates and location, please visit Sotheby’s auction website.

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Please note that all details including viewing times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s.

‘TWO FIGURES WITH A MONKEY’ ON DISPLAY IN SAN DIEGO

Francis Bacon’s 'Two Figures with a Monkey’ (1973). Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s 'Two Figures with a Monkey’ (1973). Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Two Figures with a Monkey’ 1973, is on displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), in the exhibition: ‘Treasures of the Tamayo, Mexico City’. The exhibition is hosted at MCASD’s La Jolla location, opening on Saturday May 17th, remaining on view until August 31st 2014.

In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. Tamayo built his collection of works by both Mexican artists and those in Europe and the United States with the goal of founding a museum that would promote the artists of his native country and bring Mexico City into a dialogue with the international art community.

Treasures of the Tamayo marks a partnership between two like-minded institutions, which brings to view works never before seen in San Diego. The exhibition presents paintings by Rufino Tamayo himself, objects from the Mexican artist’s collection, and works by contemporary artists the Tamayo Museum has acquired since his death. The selection on view represents the distinct diversity of the Tamayo Museum’s collection, with artists working in Europe, the United States, and Latin America—from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko to Larry Rivers, and Roberto Matta to Francisco Toledo, among others. Find out more about the exhibition, including details of accompanying events, here.

‘Treasures of the Tamayo, Mexico City’
MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
(858) 454-3541

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Please note that all exhibition details including works displayed and dates are subject to change. For any confirmation please consult the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

BACON WORKS TO BE EXHIBITED AND AUCTIONED IN NEW YORK

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards' (1984), Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards' (1984), Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s triptych ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ (1984), and ‘Figure Turning’ (1962), are to be exhibited and auctioned by Christie’s New York later this month in their Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale.

‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ was held in high regard by the famously critical artist, when interviewed by British television in 1984 Bacon said this work was one of the most successful portraits he had ever completed.

Bacon’s praise for the triptych could be associated with his relationship with the subject, East End bar manager John Edwards. Bacon met Edwards a decade prior to the triptych’s painting when having failed to visit Edwards’s pub as expected – which manager Edwards had purposely stocked with Bacon’s favourite champaign, Bacon was confronted by Edwards over the artist’s selfishness. By this stage in his life Bacon was used to being fêted wherever he went, and Edwards’s stark confrontation startled him somewhat, but also intrigued him. The next day, when Edwards went to visit Bacon at his Reece Mews studio, a painting of Edwards was already underway. John Edwards went on to become one of the artist’s closest and trusted companions.

Bacon’s successful companionship with Edwards at this later stage in his life is thought to be captured in the artist’s careful construction of the painting. Edwards’s soft features are captured with Bacon’s brushwork, this sense of warmth and serenity is present over previous Bacon artwork connotations like angst and fear, this less violent brushwork are the hallmarks of the Bacon’s later work.

This triptych was chosen by Bacon to be the final work of his second major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1985. This exhibition celebrated Bacon’s great triptych paintings, beginning with one of his most famous paintings of all time, the iconic 1944 work ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’, and culminating with this present work, which had been painted just one year earlier.

Francis Bacon died in April 1992, and in his will he named John Edwards as his sole heir and keeper of his estate. Over the next decade, until his own death in 2003 at age 53, Edwards maintained Bacon’s legacy by overseeing the artist’s archives, including donating the contents of his Reece Mews studio to the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 1998. The level of trust that Bacon placed in Edwards was perhaps the ultimate demonstration of the close relationship between the two men. These three canvases are an example of the physical manifestation of that trust, and a legacy of one of the most powerful relationships that Bacon had ever experienced. For more information and insight on ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ please view the ‘lot notes’ available via Christie’s here.

Francis Bacon, ‘Figure Turning’ (1962) Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, ‘Figure Turning’ (1962) Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Contrasting the ‘delicacy’ of the Edwards Triptych, the second work of Bacon’s to be displayed and auctioned by Christie’s in New York is ‘Figure Turning’ (1962). This work is a demonstration of Bacon’s ability to deconstruct and reconstruct the human form in paint. Bacon’s energetic use of tone captures a muscular lone figure pivoting. The physicality of the work has been associated with the tempestuous relationship the artist once shared with then former lover Peter Lacy, who passed away on the opening day of Bacon’s first major retrospective at the Tate gallery in London, an exhibition this painting was completed just in time for. For more information and insight on ‘Figure Turning’ please view the ‘lot notes’ available via Christie’s here.

“I think if you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is appearance into image” (F. Bacon, quoted by H. Davies and S. Yard (eds.)., Francis Bacon, New York, 1986, pp. 41-44).

Both works will go on view from Friday May 9th until May 13th at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Centre ahead of their auction, more information can be found here.

Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale
Christie’s New York, Rockefeller Plaza
May 13th 19:00

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Please note that all details including viewing times are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Christie’s.

BACON OWNED LUCIAN FREUD PHOTOGRAPH INSPIRES NEW JASPER JOHNS EXHIBITION

 

Photograph of Lucian Freud by John Deakin 1964. Coll. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane © 2014 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved.

Photograph of Lucian Freud by John Deakin 1964. Coll. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane © 2014 The Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved.

MoMA New York is currently hosting a new exhibition entitled: ‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’, which displays works by the American artist inspired by a photograph once owned by Francis Bacon.

In June 2012, artist Jasper Johns was viewing a Christies London sales catalogue of work by Francis Bacon when he came across photographs of the painter Lucian Freud. They were taken by photographer John Deakin in 1964 at the request of Bacon, the artist famously preferring photographic reference over live models for his paintings.

One particular photograph of Lucian Freud caught Jasper Johns’ eye. Freud is sitting on a quilt-covered brass bed in the corner of a room. He has one leg folded under the other, his head bowed, his face obscured by a raised hand. His stooped-shouldered, folded-in pose suggests exhaustion and despair. The despair is further reinforced by the condition of the photograph, creased and torn, with its left edge secured with a paper clip. The photo was found in Bacon’s cluttered studio after his death in 1992.

From this photograph, not just its image of Freud but the physical distressed condition of the photographic print itself, that Johns has based a group of nearly two dozen paintings, drawings and prints. Jasper Johns according to the New York Times brings to the ‘Regrets’ series “…a full arsenal of transforming manoeuvres used in the past.” The artist employs a range of media in visualising his variation on the theme; oil paint, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, graphite, coloured pencil, ink on paper, ink on plastic, printing ink and photocopying.

As well as Johns’ works, the original photograph (pictured above) that inspired the exhibition is present at the MoMA, on loan from Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Francis Bacon himself had used the photograph in painting the triptych ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ 1969, which last year become the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction after fetching $142m.

For more information on the exhibition ‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’ please visit the MoMA exhibition page, and view this article from The New York Times.

Jasper Johns: Regrets
March 15 – September 1st 2014
MoMA New York
www.moma.org/

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Please note that all exhibition details including works displayed and dates are subject to change. For any confirmation please consult MoMA.

GRAPHIC WORKS OF BACON EXHIBITED IN THE NETHERLANDS

Francis Bacon, 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Peter Beard 1975' (centre panel), © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

A print version of the above Francis Bacon painting 'Three Studies for a Portrait of Peter Beard 1975' (centre panel) is on display at the Noordbrabants Museum. Image © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

In a world first, Het Noordbrabants Museum are exhibiting the most important works of the graphic oeuvre of Francis Bacon in an exhibition entitled: Francis Bacon – The Graphic Works.

The exhibition features 27 lithographs, etchings and aquatints from the period 1971-1991. All displayed graphic works are based on the artist’s personal selection from his paintings, originating from commissions for book illustrations, editions made for exhibitions, and private editions.

For more information including opening hours please visit the Het Noordbrabants Museum website.

Francis Bacon – The Graphic Works
April 12th – August 24th 2014
Het Noordbrabants Museum
Verwersstraat 41
’s-Hertogenbosch
info@hnbm.nl
073-6877877

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Please note that all exhibition details including dates and displayed works are subject to change, please consult Het Noordbrabants Museum for all confirmation.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON BACON MOORE EXHIBITION AT THE AGO CANADA

Francis Bacon, 'Crucifixion' 1933, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Crucifixion' 1933, oil on canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon will make his Canadian debut on April 5th at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) appearing alongside rarely-seen works by British sculptor Henry Moore in the exhibition: ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty‘.

The exhibition will feature over 130 artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and archive materials. Francis Bacon paintings due to be displayed include ‘Second Version of Triptych 1944′, Lying Figure in a Mirror’ 1971, and the pictured ‘Crucifixion’ 1933, which is one of Bacon’s earliest work.

Terror and Beauty will explore the two artists’ shared fascination with the human form in relation to the violence of the Second World War and other key events from the 20th century.

Although they were neither friends or collaborators Bacon and Moore were contemporaries who shared an obsession with expressing themes of violence, trauma and conflict, both social and personal.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum, and, was originally curated by Richard Calvocoressi CBE, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, and Martin Harrison, editor of the catalogue raisonné on Francis Bacon. Terror and Beauty is guest-curated at the AGO by York University’s Dan Adler, and features numerous loans from The Henry Moore Foundation, Tate Britain, The Estate of Francis Bacon and MOMA, and is thematic in nature, pairing figural and abstract works to explore ideas of confinement, conflict and restoration. For further information including tickets and related events please click here.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty
April 5th – July 20th 2014
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada, M5T 1G4

*Please note exhibition details, including art displayed and dates are subject to change, for queries please consult the AGO.
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NEW FRANCIS BACON ART FOUNDATION SET TO OPEN IN MONACO IN AUTUMN OF 2014

Monte Carlo, November 1981, Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert, © Eddy Batache, MB Art Collection

Francis Bacon with Reinhard Hassert in Monte Carlo, November 1981. Coll. MB Art Foundation © Eddy Batache

The FRANCIS BACON MB Art Foundation, based in Monaco, is a private non-profit institute dedicating its scholarly activities and research to the most compelling and controversial British figurative artist of the post-war era.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work and life of Francis Bacon worldwide, with a particular focus on the time that the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France. This institute will: support original research, sponsor emerging artists, organize exhibitions and seminars on Francis Bacon with local and international institutions, and fund projects related to the artist.

The Estate of Francis Bacon welcomes the Foundation and will collaborate with it on research and educational activities. The art historian Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, is on the board of this institute.

The Foundation was established by Majid Boustany, who first came across Francis Bacon’s work whilst taking a course in Art History alongside his Business and International Relation studies. An encounter with Bacon’s seminal triptych ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ (1944) at Tate Britain started Boustany on a path of discovery that continues to this day: “Bacon’s enigmatic triptych challenged interpretation and triggered in me the need to explore his world”, Boustany says.

Boustany’s fascination for Bacon’s oeuvre has now lasted for more than twenty years; he quickly discovered that the artist had lived in Monaco from July 1946 to the early 1950s and frequently returned to the Principality throughout his life. “Bacon often made references to his life and work in Monaco” says Boustany, who himself has called Monaco home for more than thirty years. Boustany decided to house his Foundation on the ground floor of the Villa Elise, 21 Boulevard d’Italie, situated at the heart of Monaco. The institute will be open by appointment to scholars, researchers and the general public throughout the year.

The founder has been building a comprehensive art collection over a number of years that now includes: a selection of paintings by Francis Bacon from the late 1920s to the early 1980s and work by key peers and influences, a unique photographic archive on the artist by leading photographers and pictures by his friends and lovers, a comprehensive collection of Bacon exhibition catalogues, a wide selection of the artist’s graphic works, a unique array of working documents from Bacon’s various studios, a number of rare items from Bacon’s furniture and rug design period and an extensive library on the artist offering an essential resource for scholars.

The website of the Foundation (www.mbartfoundation.com) will be live by the end of September 2014.