ORDOVAS LONDON EXHIBITION TO FEATURE BACON ART

'Self' Poster, © Ordovas

Ordovas Gallery London has announced a new exhibition featuring the art of Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition titled ‘Self’, is a public display at Ordovas from October 14th through to December 13th 2014.

‘Self’ will look at the interpretations of self-portraiture of four great artists of the 21st century, spanning modern and contemporary eras. It promises to trace the development of the self-portrait, including Pablo Picasso’s early modernism, and the angst-ridden essence captured by Francis Bacon.

We’ll bring your further information on the Francis Bacon art included in the exhibition as it becomes available. Of the exhibition the Ordovas website writes:

“Since the first hand print was left on the side of a cave, the making of images has been intrinsically bound up with self-portraiture and its concerns of self-presentation and self-preservation. During the sea changes that took place in the art world in the 20th century, this timeless human activity was thoroughly re-examined. Photography, mass media and existentialism would all come to have an impact on the way that artists as diverse as Picasso and Hirst captured their own image.”

Self
14th October – 13th December
Ordovas
25 Savile Row
London W1S 2ER

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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 Ordovas.

SCVA DUE TO DISPLAY TWO FRANCIS BACON PAINTINGS

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of P.L. No2', 1957, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of P.L. No2', 1957, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Two paintings by Francis Bacon are set to be displayed in the upcoming Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) exhibition: ‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting’, opening on September 27th.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for Portrait of P.L. No. 2′ 1957, and ‘Owls’ 1956, are due to be included in the exhibition. ‘Study for Portrait of P.L. No. 2′ is due to be withdrawn from the exhibition in November/December, whilst Francis Bacon’s ‘Owls’ is due to remain on display for the exhibition’s duration.

Francis Bacon, 'Owls' (1956) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Owls', 1956, Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Curated by artist Chris Stevens, REALITY brings together over 50 works celebrating British painting with some of the best and most influential artist of the last sixty years. The included works retain a strong reference to the real world, testifying the strength of painting as a medium and the impact of British painting today.

The artists in REALITY 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.

As well as Francis Bacon, other 20th century artist’s work to be displayed includes Walter Sickert, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, alongside contemporary painters including Ken Currie, George Shaw, Caroline Walker, and many others. For more information please visit the exhibition site.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum situated on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Gifted by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury to the University in 1973, the Sainsbury Collection includes the largest group of early paintings by Francis Bacon in Northern Europe.

During the 1950′s, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury developed a close relationship with Francis Bacon, cemented in 1955 when Lisa commissioned him to make a portrait of Sir Robert, the only time Bacon agreed to such a venture.

“I went to Norwich last week and saw your magnificent collection of sculptures. You and Lisa have really made a wonderful gift to the nation”.
- Francis Bacon having visited the Sainsbury Centre writing to Sir Robert Sainsbury in May 1978

‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting
September 27th 2014 – March 1st 24th 2015
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Norwich, NR4 7TJ

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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 SCVA.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON MCASD EXHIBITION FEATURING FRANCIS BACON ART

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 currently on displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, in the exhibition: ‘Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City’. Via their website MCASD have made available a mobile tour of the exhibition, giving further information about the art being displayed including Francis Bacon’s ‘Two Figures with a Monkey’.

The mobile tour can be found here: http://www.mcasd.org/tours/treasures-of-tamayo. You can navigate via artwork with text in both English and Spanish. Some pieces (including Bacon’s ‘Two Figures with a Monkey’) also feature audio clips from Hugh M Davies, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. In the clip available here Hugh M Davies recalls meeting Francis Bacon several times in London in 1973, as well describing the story behind the piece ‘Two Figures with a Monkey’.

‘Treasures of the Tamayo Museum’ is hosted at MCASD’s La Jolla location. The exhibition is on now, through to August 31st 2014. You can read more via a previous blog post*.

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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.
*Please note that information on previous blog posts, including artwork listed as being on display, may differ from the more recent information listed here, this may be due to gallery/museum display alterations.

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, including 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 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.

London’s Tate Modern is currently displaying Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych November 1981 – January 1982 (left panel)’, the painting is on loan from The Estate of Francis Bacon.

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.

Please continue to follow our blog for exhibition news on Francis Bacon art. The Estate of Francis Bacon can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of Francis Bacon art displays.
*We are not responsible for the content on third party websites.

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 Museum, 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 Museum, 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.