Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) is the focus of Turner Prize nominated artist James Richards’ installation currently on view at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.
‘Richards selects from the V-A-C collection’ sees Study for a Portrait (solely selected from Moscow’s impressive V-A-C collection) as the focal point of an immersive environment crafted in the redesigned London gallery space.
Richards feeds the tension already present in Bacon’s painting with a orchestral soundscape of public silences – acts of mourning remembrance or suspenseful pauses in films, to form a unique visual and audio experience. Richards worked with singers which visitors can hear inhaling, pausing, breaking into song and speaking in tongues, with Bacon’s unnamed figure centred and staring back from the canvas.
James Richards’ installation is free to view. To find out more about this installation including opening times please visit the exhibition site. A review and information on the installations creation can be found on Artlyst.
This installation is joined by some associated ticketed events in the coming months; Director of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Barbara Dawson will be discussing Bacon’s studio on 13 August, and a special screening of John Maybury’s ‘Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’ film will be shown on 16 July.
James Richards selects from the V-A-C collection
23 June – 30 August 2015
London, E1 7QX
Word reference: Whitechapel Gallery website and Artlyst review. 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 Whitechapel Gallery London.