Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction

Francis Bacon’s “Study for Self-Portrait 1964” is to be auctioned at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening auction in King Street, London on 27 June 2012.

This fascinating self-portrait inspired by a photograph of Lucian Freud by fashion photographer John Deakin marries the body of Freud with the twisted and contorted face of Francis Bacon. Apart from a few early portraits Bacon never painted from life and preferred working from photographs as the presence of his models inhibited him. In the 1960s Bacon commissioned John Deakin to take portraits of his friends and his lover George Dyer to have source material readily available to work from.

Freud met Bacon in 1943 and both artists were very good friend for decades until their friendship abruptly ended following an argument. Both artists inspired one another so it is not surprising that Bacon produced a portrait of them both morphing into one.


Traces of Time

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane together with the the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence is organising the exhibition Traces of Time (03 October 2012–27 January 2013) in Florence . This exhibition will investigate and critique the work of Francis Bacon and a group of internationally renowned contemporary artists (Adrian Ghenie, Annegret Soltau, Chiharu Shiota, Arcangelo Sassolino, Nathalie Djurberg) who share Bacon’s interest in the depiction of the human figure and its existential condition.
The exhibition will focus on a group of figurative paintings by Francis Bacon in conjunction with a selection of visual material from the artist’s studio archive, now in the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and on exhibition in Italy for the very first time.

Retrospective in Sydney

For the first time in Australia and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death,  the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney will host a retrospective exhibition of over 50 paintings by the great British modern master as well as some source material from the artist’s studio at 7 Reece Mews now relocated at the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. The exhibition entitled “Francis Bacon: Five Decades” will open to the public on 17th November 2012 and will run until 17th February 2013.



The New Elizabethans

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, BBC Radio 4 has asked thousands of listeners to choose who they think should be on the final list of the top 60 Great Britons who have made the greatest impact on the British Isles during the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

After careful consideration by a panel of historians, BBC Radio 4 announced today the 60 public figure nominees with Francis Bacon and David Hockney being the only two artists making the final list.

James Naughtie will present on Radio 4 from Monday to Friday the profiles of the New Elizabethans from 11th June at 12.45.

Francis Bacon’s profile is scheduled to be broadcast on 6th July at 12.45

Don’t miss it!

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Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna

MAR- Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna

“Miseria e splendore della Carne: Caravaggio, Courbet, Giacometti, Bacon…”
19 February-17 June 2012

Mar – Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna
via di Roma, 13 Ravenna, Italy