BACON’S ‘SELF-PORTRAIT’ 1969 ON PUBLIC DISPLAY IN LONDON FOR FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 50 YEARS

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait', 1969, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

For the first time for almost 50 years Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’ 1969 is on display to the public in London, at the Ordovas Gallery. The late artist’s work is currently on show in the exhibition ‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’, 1969, is one of the artist’s first studies of a single head. The Ordovas explains that: ‘the work is imbued with haunted mortality and displaying the sinuous paint handling, visceral intensity and psychological depth of Bacon’s mature works.’

The exhibition looks at the interpretations of self-portraiture by the four 20th century artists: Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso. Self aims to examine how self-portraiture in the modern era has been used for communication, celebration, and reflection on mortality.

The Ordovas Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday (10:00-18:00) and Saturdays (11:00-15:00). For more information please visit the Ordovas exhibition site.

‘Self – Bacon, Hirst, Koons, Picasso’.
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.

FRANCIS BACON MB ART FOUNDATION TO OPEN

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

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

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation is set to open in Monaco on the 28th of October to coincide with the anniversary of the artist’s birthday.

This institute’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the work, life and methodologies of Bacon worldwide, with a focus on the time the artist lived and worked in Monaco and Southern France.

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.

Housed on the ground floor of Villa Elise at 21, Boulevard d’Italie, at the heart of Monaco, the foundation will be open to scholars and art historians throughout the year, from November 2014, and to the general public from March 2015, by appointment only. The foundation’s website will go live on the 5th of October 2014: www.mbartfoundation.com

A previous blog post announcing the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation can be viewed here.

GERMANY TO SHOWCASE FRANCIS BACON WORKS

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho', 1967, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

Image: Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho', 1967, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2014. All rights reserved.

The LWL Museum of Art and Culture, Münster, is due to display a number of Francis Bacon works in it’s upcoming exhibition ‘Bare Life. Bacon, Freud, Hockney and others. London artists working from life 1950 – 80.’

A number of Francis Bacon paintings are due to be displayed in the show, including the pictured ‘Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho’ 1967. We’ll bring you further information on which Francis Bacon works are due to be displayed soon.

This international group show will be the Museum’s first major exhibition following the unveiling of the new museum building. As the title suggests the exhibition is devoted to figurative painting in London from the 1950s to the late 1970s, including the works of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, David Hockney and Richard Hamilton.

In total 100 works by 15 artists will aim to showcase the artistic dialogue which took place in London over three decades. This exhibition is curated by Catherine Lampert (London) and Tanja Pirsig-Marshall (Münster). For more information please visit the exhibition site.

‘Bare Life. Bacon, Freud, Hockney and others. London artists working from life 1950 – 80.’
November 8, 2014 – February 22, 2015
LWL Museum of Art and Culture
Domplatz 10, 48143 Münster
museumkunstkultur(at)lwl.org

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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.