OWLS (1956) TRAVELS TO LIVERPOOL WITH REALITY EXHIBITION

Francis Bacon, 'Owls' (1956) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Owls (1956) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Owls, 1956, is currently on display at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery as the exhibition ‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting’ travels north from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The free entry public exhibition features over 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting. Displayed alongside Bacon, are fellow major 20th-century artists including Walter Sickert, Lucian Freud, LS Lowry, and contemporary painters including John Keane, Ken Currie Paula Rego and George Shaw.

‘Uncompromising and direct, the work of each artist represented retains a strong reference to the real world, ‘the stuff of life’. The artists tackle a diverse range of subjects, referencing the body, relationships, history, politics, war, the urban environment and social issues. Despite these different references, the works are all united by two things: the harsh realities that have concerned key British artists over the decades, and the simple act of painting.’ – Walker Art Gallery

This exhibition is curated by artist Chris Stevens, and organised by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich. For further information please visit the exhibition site, the Walker Art Gallery will also be running tours, further information on these can be found here.

‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting’
10 July – 29 November 2015
Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool, L3 8EL

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Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Walker Art Gallery.
REALITY previously displayed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, covered in an earlier blog post.

LAST WEEKS OF ‘FRANCIS BACON AND THE MASTERS’

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Lisa, 1957. Oil on canvas. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Portrait of Lisa, 1957. Oil on canvas. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts major exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ is set to finish on 26 July. If you are yet to experience the show, or are looking to revisit, here is some information on the exhibition’s last weeks.

‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ sees over twenty-five works by Bacon displayed (including the pictured Portrait of Lisa, 1957) 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 had never before travelled to the UK. Find out more about the show here.

Every Tuesday – Friday until the exhibition’s end, the Sainsbury Centre provides the opportunity for guided tours of ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’. For more information on these tours including pricing click here.

During the exhibition’s run a season of films inspired by ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ has been programmed and introduced by film expert Chris Rodden. This concludes with a screening of Jean Cocteau’s ‘L’Orphee’ on July 20th via Cinema City, Norwich. For more information on location and tickets please click here.

It is always a pleasure to see Francis Bacon’s art celebrated and exhibited in major exhibitions such as ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’. We hope that all who have visited the exhibition enjoyed viewing Francis Bacon’s art, and we invite you to share your experiences with us in the comments section below. Finally, we hope that many more people take the opportunity to view this wonderful collection of Francis Bacon works in this special show’s final weeks.

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 show/event tickets are subject to availability. For all confirmation please contact the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT THE FOCUS OF JAMES RICHARDS’ INSTALLATION AT WHITECAHPEL GALLERY

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait,1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait,1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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
Whitechapel Gallery
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.

SELF-PORTRAITS TO BE EXHIBITED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AHEAD OF AUCTION IN LONDON

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1980. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Self-Portrait, 1980. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Self-Portrait (1975) and Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980), are due to be exhibited to the public for the first time ahead of their auction in London, at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 1 July.

Self-Portrait (1975) shows Francis Bacon aged 65 wearing his mackintosh. The piece hails from an era when Bacon was spending long periods of time in Paris following his celebrated retrospective at the Grand Palais. This is the only small portrait-head by the artist to be overlaid with fragments of illegible Letraset – a technique typically employed to suggest discarded newspaper sheets in Bacon’s larger canvases.

Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980) depicts the artist aged 71 with his eyes downcast and seemingly shut. It has been suggested that the piece captures the artist’s dialog around personal mortality, given Bacon’s age at the time of painting, and his experience to date with the death of close friends.

Sotheby’s London plan to exhibit both Francis Bacon paintings from 19 June at their New Bond Street address. Exhibition dates and times can be found here, for further information please contact Sotheby’s London directly.

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*Please note all details including exhibition dates and details are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s London.

TRIPTYCH, 1983, EXHIBITED IN DALLAS’ MEADOW MUSEUM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1983. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1983. Oil and pastel on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Triptych, 1983, is currently on display at the Meadows Museum Dallas, in the exhibition ‘The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters’, running through to 2 August.

Triptych 1983, is one of the final works from Francis Bacon in this iconic format. The Meadows Museum have described the work by Bacon as a highlight in the exhibition and Abelló collection:

‘Triptych 1983 by Francis Bacon (1983)… references both the popular Renaissance composition and the modern inventions of photography and cinema. The Abelló Collection houses an extensive repertoire of Bacon’s work, and Juan Abelló is the only Spanish collector who owns multiple pieces by the artist. Triptych 1983 serves as a capstone to the Meadows exhibition and the Abelló collection as a whole.’

As the centrepiece of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations this exhibition will present the first exhibition in the United States of paintings from the collection of Juan Abelló.

The exhibition features approximately 70 works spanning 500 years of Western art, with Francis Bacon’s brushstrokes hanging up with fellow artists including Georges Braque, Canaletto, Salvador Dalí, Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters will be curated by Almudena Ros de Barbero, curator of the Abelló Collection, who served previously at the Musee du Louvre working on the opening of the new Spanish picture galleries, and later was a researcher at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters
18 April – 2 August 2015
Meadows Museum
Dallas, USA

Word reference: Meadows Museum Dallas website and press release. 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 Meadows Museum Dallas.

BACON WORKS EXPLORE LIFE, DEATH, ANGUISH AND SOLITUDE IN FONDATION LUIS VUITTON SHOW

Francis Bacon, Study from the Human Body, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study from the Human Body, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait, 1949. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2015. All rights reserved.

Two Francis Bacon works are currently on display at the Fondation Luis Vuitton, featuring in the exhibition ‘Keys to a passion’, which runs until July 6.

Bacon’s Study from the Human Body (1949) and Study for Portrait (1949), are displayed in the first sequence of the exhibition; ‘Subjective Expressionism’. Here Francis Bacon joins Kazimir Malevich, Edvard Munch, Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix and Helen Schjerbeck in evoking questions about life, death, anguish and solitude.

Fondation Luis Vuitton features insight on Bacon’s Study for Portrait here. The artwork features trademarks of Bacon’s brushstrokes; a cage entombs the subject, who’s wide, gaping mouth is an eye drawing chasm in the piece. The Fondation Luis Vuitton also provide their own biography on Francis Bacon.

The Fondation Luis Vuitton show sees Francis Bacon’s works line up with pieces from Caude Monet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and many more. A full list of artworks on display is available to view here. ‘Keys to a passion’ is currently running now through to July 6, for more information please visit the exhibition site.

‘Keys to a passion’
1 April – 6 July 2015
Fondation Luis Vuitton
France, Paris

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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 Fondation Luis Vuitton.

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

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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

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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

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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.