A Piece of Francis Bacon’s Early Interior Design Work is on Display at the MAM Paris

Image: Francis Bacon 'untitled' wool rug (1929) © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Image: Francis Bacon 'untitled' wool rug (1929) © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

An example of Francis Bacon’s early interior design work is currently on display at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, in the exhibition ‘Decorum: Carpets and tapestries by artists’, currently running until February 9th 2014.

Decorum offers viewers the chance to see over a hundred rugs and tapestries created by modern artists, including Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, as well as contemporary artists, Dewar & Gicquel, Vidya Gastaldon. The exhibition is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major and lessor known artists of the 20th Century.

Between 1929 and 1932 Francis Bacon became an interior decorator and furniture designer, setting himself up in a Studio at 17 Queensberry Mews West, South Kensington, London. The pieces he devised were ingenious variations on the modernist language of chrome-plated steel and glass pioneered by designers such as Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray. The sources of Bacon’s technical knowledge and, indeed, the identity of the manufacturer are still unknown; his rugs were made at the Royal Wilton Carpet factory. By August 1930, Bacon had caught the attention of ‘The Studio’ magazine, which presented his designs as examples of the ‘1930 Look in British Decoration’.

Other artist displayed include: Vivienne Westwood, Lucien Coutaud, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Mike Kelley, Judith Scott, William Morris, Barbro Nilsson, Helen Frances Gregor, Marcel Gromaire, Sheila Hicks and Jim Isermann.

The exhibition is on now and runs until February 9th 2014. Please note this exhibition is closed on Mondays. For more in formation, including, opening hours, ticket prices, images, and video, click here.

‘Decorum: Carpets and tapestries by artist’
11th October 2013 – 9 February 2014
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
France

Word ref: The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris website, and the Estate of Francis Bacon website. Please note that information such as times and dates are subject to change. Please refer to the MAM website for further details.

Bacon’s ‘Painting March, 1985’ On Display In Nottingham

Francis Bacon, 'Painting March 1985' (1985) Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Painting March 1985' (1985) Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Painting March, 1985’ is being displayed in the highlight of the Lakeside Arts Centre winter season: the exhibition: ‘Pop Art to Britart: Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection’.

The guiding principle behind the David Ross collection is of art produced during his own lifetime, with a particular focus on artists associated with the 1960’s Pop Art movement. Artists being displayed in the exhibition include: David Hockney, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Caulfield, Derek Boshier, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk.

The piece ‘Painting March, 1985’ was the subject of a previous blog post surrounding it’s auction back in May this year, view this post for further incite and observation surrounding this fascinating piece by Bacon.

David Ross is the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse. Since 2003, he has been involved in leading many other public and private companies, as well as pursuing a passion for the arts, sports and education through the David Ross Foundation. He is a major supporter of Impact: the Nottingham Campaign and Co-Chair of the campaign board. He is also a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

The Lakeside Arts Centre is the University of Nottingham‘s unique public arts facility. The exhibition is hosted in the Djanogly Art Gallery, which is is open Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sundays 12noon – 4pm,  admission to this exhibition is free. Read more information about the exhibition here.

Pop Art to Britart: Modern Masters from the David Ross Collection
23rd November 2013 – 9th February 2014
Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Word reference: The Lakeside Arts Centre website, please note that information such as times and dates are subject to change, for further information please visit the Lakeside Arts Centre website.

Ashmolean hosts Martin Harrison lecture: ‘Bacon and Sculpture’

Francis Bacon, 'Miss Muriel Belcher', 1959, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Miss Muriel Belcher', 1959, oil on canvas, © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

In association with their exhibition ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology are hosting a special lecture with exhibition co-curator, and Editor of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, Martin Harrison.

Like Henry Moore, Bacon was influenced by classical antiquity, and the work of Michelangelo and Rodin. Martin Harrison will speak about Francis Bacon’s dialogue with sculpture.Those wishing to attend are informed by the Ashmolean that booking is essential. Online booking is available at Tickets Oxford.

The pictured ‘Miss Muriel Belcher’, 1959, oil on canvas, is one of twenty paintings by Francis Bacon on display at the Ashmolean, alongside twenty sculptures, and twenty drawings by Henry Moore.

Information about this, and other events in association with ‘Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone’, is available from the Ashmolean’s ‘What’s On’ doc (sections five and six). Also you can view more information about the exhibition itself on our previous blog post here, and on the Ashmolean website.

Bacon and Sculpture
12-1pm, Thursday 14th November 2013
£4.75** (£3.75** concession)
Headley Lecture Theatre
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
University of Oxford

*Please note that exhibition details such as titles, dates, and works are subject to change.
** The first ticket in any Ashmolean transaction will include a 75p fee. Subsequent tickets for this event will be charged at £4 (£3 concession)
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.

‘Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI’ Displayed At The Holburne Museum

Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI' (1957) Oil and sand on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2013. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s ‘Study for Portrait of Van Gogh VI’ 1957, is currently on display at The Holburne Museum. The piece features in an exhibition entitled: ‘Characters: Portraits and People from the Arts Council Collection’, bringing together a host of characters both real and imagined, painted by British artists over the last 60 years, selected from the Arts Council Collection.

‘Characters’ is arranged into two contrasting halves, considering how observation compares with invention in the practice of painting people. The display pits works Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Euan Uglow – champions of the observational method – against inventive masterminds such as Francis Bacon, Peter Blake and Hew Locke.

Other artists included in the exhibition include Paula Rego, Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Richard Hamilton, Maggi Hambling and many other leading figurative artists of the last half-century.

Read more details about this exhibition, including opening hours, ticket information and special events, on The Holburne Museum website.

Characters – 12th October 2013 – 7th January 2014
The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath, BA2 4DB
Tel: +44 (0)1225 388569
enquiries@holburne.org

Please note exhibition details are subject to change, please contact The Holburne Museum for further information.
Word ref: The Holburne Museum website and ArtFund website.