Francis Bacon online lifestyle shop opens on the 20th anniversary of his death
(The Upcoming – 24th June 2012)
Francis Bacon has become more fashionable than ever. The work of Francis Bacon first passed to John Edwards and then, after his death in 2003, to the estate, which is now opening an online shop in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death.
But the shop doesn’t sell only books, DVDs, catalogues and reproduction of paintings; the variety of products offered and designed especially for this lifestyle store is more surprising. Following the example of celebrities, the name Francis Bacon has become a brand and has its own series of accessories starting with belts, through to t-shirts and homeware including cushions and tea sets.
All the items are decorated with either quotes from the famous painter or reproductions of his work. Francis Bacon was known and acclaimed for his raw, brutal, distressing imageries viciously representing human vulnerability, mortality and miserable existential condition (…)
Abbot Hall’s summer exhibition, Francis Bacon to Paula Rego, celebrates and explores the work of some of the most significant British painters from the last 50 years including Michael Andrews, Euan Uglow, Francis Bacon, Paula Rego, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Christopher Le Brun. As well as celebrating the last 50 years, the exhibition looks forward to the next 50 and features a gallery of contemporary artists who are working today including Carol Rhodes, Simon Carter and Turner Prize nominees Gillian Carnegie (2005) and George Shaw (2011).
A late Self-Portrait by Francis Bacon is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London on 26th June 2012. “Study for Self-Portrait 1980” is one of the last self-portrait by the artist. In one of the famous interviews with art historian David Sylvester, Bacon admitted:
“I’ve done a lot of self-portraits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve had nobody else to paint but myself … I loathe my own face.” (Francis Bacon in David Sylvester, The Brutality of Fact, Interviews with Francis Bacon, London 1975, pp. 129-133)
The painting is expecting to sell between £5-7 million.
Sotheby’s is presenting Francis Bacon’s “Head c. 1949” to its forthcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London. The painting depicting an ethereal figure behind a curtain follows a series of Heads which Bacon started painting in 1948.
“Within this series Bacon moves from the clearly animal (Heads I and II reveal bestial fangs) to the recognizably – if alarmingly – human” (Michael Peppiatt, Sotheby’s auction cat. L12022, p. 212)
The painting is estimated to sell between £1.2-1.8 million.
Since 1973, Martin Harrison has published widely on 19th and 20th century art and photography, and curated exhibitions in the UK (Victoria & Albert Museum; National Portrait Gallery), Italy, the USA and Mexico. He also co-curated the Bacon exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Wesftfalen, Dusseldorf in 2006. His first publication on Francis Bacon was “ Points of Reference” (Faggionato Fine Art, 1999) and his most recent books are Incunabula, 2008 and Francis Bacon: New Studies- Centenary Essays, 2009 (editor and contributor). Martin Harrison is now recognized as the pre-eminent expert on Francis Bacon.