‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’ Update

Francis Bacon, 'Second Version of Triptych' (1944, 1988) Oil and acrylic on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Second Version of Triptych' (1944, 1988) Oil and acrylic on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’ is a major UK exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, 12th September 2013 – 19th January 2014. This exhibition brings together twenty Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992) works, alongside twenty sculptures, and twenty drawings by Henry Moore (1898-1986).

Francis Bacon, 'Lying Figure in a Mirror' (1971) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved. Lent by Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Francis Bacon, 'Lying Figure in a Mirror' (1971) Oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

The exhibition will offer art enthusiasts the opportunity to view Bacon works such as ‘Second Version of Triptych’ (1944, 1988), ‘Lying Figure in a Mirror’ (1971), ‘Study from a Portrait of Pope Innocent X’ (1965), and ‘Portrait of Man with Glasses III’ (1963). *

‘Flesh and Bone’ will explore themes such as the treatment of the human figure, and the artists’ responses to the violence of the twentieth century. It will show surprising parallels in the work of two giants of twentieth-century western art whose careers have rarely been linked until now.

“This is one of the most ambitious and exciting exhibitions we have mounted since we reopened in 2009. It compares the two greatest British artists of the twentieth century, and promises to be both visually thrilling and immensely thought-provoking.” – Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean

The works from private and public collections have been selected by Martin Harrison, editor of the Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné, and Richard Calvocoressi, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation. The exhibition’s curation is also assisted with advice from Dr Francis Warner, Emeritus fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford, and Mr Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art at the Ashmolean Museum. ‘Flesh and Bone’ is generously supported by Pictet & Cie, Sotheby’s, and the Friends of the Ashmolean.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone Poster

A programme of events will run throughout the exhibition including tours, lectures, and artists workshops. For more including ticket information click here.

Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone
12th September 2013 – 19th January 2014
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
University of Oxford

*Please note that exhibition details such as titles, dates, and works are subject to change.
Word ref: details provided by the Ashmolean museum, special thanks to Theresa Nicolson, The Henry Moore Foundation, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford.

Bacon Artwork in Tate Video: ‘Meet 500 years of British Art – Room: 1940’

Since the opening of the Tate Britain’s major rehanging: ‘BP Walk through British Art’, films were released weekly focusing on a time period of the new chronological display. Viewers are invited to walk through time with the Tate’s curators as they introduce the new displays at Tate Britain, from 1540 to the present.

In this film Chris Stephens explores the 1940’s rooms, and Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ c.1944, an artwork of Bacon’s previously included in the display.

Please note that Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion’ c.1944, has since been removed from this display, however other Francis Bacon works are still on show. We advise confirming with Tate Britain ahead of your visit which artworks will be available to view in ‘BP Walk through British Art’.

This continuous chronological display of the national collection of British art is a walk through time from the 1500s to present day. 500 artworks are displayed over 20 galleries with no designated theme or movement. Some pieces often separated when hung by movement or genre now find themselves chronologically presented side-by-side. The aim of this is to achieve open conversation, giving audiences a more neutral view of the range of art from historical moments.

‘BP Walk through British Art’ is part of BP Displays – Supported by BP. The display is on now, admission is free, view more information on the Tate Britain website and our previous blog post on the display.

BP Walk through British Art
Tate Britain
Millbank, London,
Email: visiting.britain@tate.org.uk
Call: +44 (0)20 7887 8888

Word reference: Tate Britain press release and website. Special thanks to Leanne Griffin, the Tate. Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion 1944, Tate collection © Tate.

All details including featured works and exhibition dates/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Tate Britain.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Head VI’ Chosen by You to Feature in Art Everywhere’s Vast UK Exhibition

Francis Bacon, 'Head VI' (1949). Oil on Canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Head VI’ (1949) is one of fifty-seven British masterpieces ‘curated’ by votes from people across the globe to feature in charity art exhibition Art Everywhere.

From August 12th 2013, thousands of poster sites and billboards will showcase iconic British artworks from the national collection. Bacon’s painting, and other public selected works by artists including L.S. Lowry, John William Waterhouse, Cornelia Parker, and John Everett Millais, will occupy twenty-two thousand poster sites across the UK.

Cities, towns and villages of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see poster sites ranging from billboards to bus stops transformed into artworks across high streets, major roads, tube, train and metro stations, supermarkets, shopping malls, office buildings, cinemas, health clubs and bars. 2000 London buses and 1000 black cabs will transport the artworks around the city on view for passengers. For two weeks a projected audience of ninety percent of the UK’s adult population will have the opportunity to enjoy British art.

Using image recognition and augmented reality technology via Blippar, each physical poster will be interactive, enabling the public to point their phones at the art to access instantaneous information about each piece, visit the collection, and socially share their favourites. Prints of many of the artworks can also be bought through the site via project partner, Easyart, with all profits going to the artist and Art Everywhere.

‘Head VI’ is one of Bacon’s famous ‘Pope paintings’, with the haunting mouth recalling the anguished cry of the bespectacled nanny in Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film ‘Battleship Potemkin’. The foundations of the piece draw inspiration from ‘Portrait of Innocent X’ (1650) by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. Interestingly despite producing more than thirty paintings around ‘Pope Innocent X’ Francis Bacon never actually viewed the original painting, even on a trip to Rome where it was exhibited, instead he worked from photographs of the piece.

Art Everywhere is a collaborative project between Richard Reed, (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), the Art Fund, Tate, the poster industry, and 101 creative agency. Working with Posterscope and Vizeum, the poster industry has donated tens of thousands of sites; media owners involved include Clearchannel, CBS Outdoor, JC Decaux , Ocean Outdoor and Primesight.

“The Art Fund is all about thousands of people coming together to bring great art into people’s lives. Based on the same premise, Art Everywhere is putting beautiful images of the best of British art directly onto the streets of towns and cities across the nation. It’s a celebration of national creative talent – our artists across the centuries, and the hundreds of museums and galleries who show their work to the public.”
– Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund

The Estate of Francis Bacon very much looks forward to seeing audiences enjoying Francis Bacon’s art through this exciting exhibition, and sharing their experience across social media platforms. To find out more information, and to get involved with Art Everywhere click here.

‘Art Everywhere’ 12th  – 25th August
Millais House
7 Cromwell Place
London, SW7 2JN

Word ref: Art Everywhere press release. Susan May’s ‘Head VI’ text on the Arts Council Collection website. ‘Art Everywhere’ is a non-commercial and charitable collaboration between Richard Reed, the Art Fund, Tate, Posterscope, Vizeum, 101 Creative Agency, Easyart and Blippar, supported by its partners and donations. Many thanks to Elizabeth Flanagan and Beth Meade.

Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’ 1956 Displayed in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Permanent Collection Exhibition

Francis Bacon, 'Self-Portrait' (1956) Oil on canvas. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Updated – exhibition extended.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Self-Portrait’ (1956) is on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of their exhibition: ‘Selections from the Permanent Collection’ currently running until February 8th 2014.

The piece is the earliest surviving self-portrait by Bacon, painted from memory when the artist was forty-seven years old. It depicts the artist hunched over and isolated, anchored in the in the centre of the vast canvas. His face is constructed with asymmetrical features, with the right side harshly raised, the right eye reduced to a crude circle. The painting’s psychological impact is a staple connotation that is associated with Francis Bacon’s portraits. Read more about the piece on the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth website.

The exhibition showcases one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary international art in the United States. Celebrating various movements, themes and styles incorporating exhibition classics such as Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field painting, Pop art and Minimalism. For more information on the exhibition click here.

Selections from the Permanent Collection
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street,
Fort Worth,
Texas 76107

Word ref: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth website, special thanks to Kendal Smith Lake.