'The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism', 2nd May - 8th September 2013, Portland Museum of Art, USA
Francis Bacon is one of the twenty-four artists currently being showcased at the Portland Museum of Art, in the North America touring exhibition: 'The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism'. Organised by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the exhibition showcases 61 pieces from their renowned William S. Paley Collection, its current leg at the Portland Museum of Art is on now until September 8th. The two Francis Bacon pieces featuring in the exhibition are the above 'Three Studies for the Portrait of Henrietta Moraes' (1963) oil on canvas, three panels, and the below 'Study for Three Heads' (1962) oil on canvas, three panels.
William S. Paley was a formative and innovative leader in the radio and television world as President and Chairman of the Board at CBS for decades. Inspired by trips abroad to Europe, Paley began to collect modern art in the 1930s, filling his homes with works by Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, among others. William S. Paley was also great leader at the MoMA serving as patron, trustee, president and board chairman from 1937 until his death. In one of his greatest acts of philanthropy, Paley donated his personal collection to the MoMA. This touring exhibition 'The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism' is a tribute to William S. Paley the collector and patron, sharing modern art with audiences throughout North America.
'The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism' began its North American tour in San Francisco California, at the dy Young Museum last year. After its current leg in Portland Maine, it travels to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec Canada in October, and to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Arkansas, in February 2014.
The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism (2nd May - 8th September 2013)
Portland Museum of Art
Seven Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101
Word ref: Portland Museum press release and website, special thanks to Kristen Levesque, Director of Public Relations.