ANNOUNCING ‘FRANCIS BACON: SIX STUDIES IN SOHO’

Image: Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1987. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Image: Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1987. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.

The Estate of Francis Bacon is proud to announce ‘Francis Bacon: Six Studies in Soho’, a one-day, free admission exhibition to celebrate the forthcoming worldwide publication of ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’.

The exhibition will open to the public on 25 May 2016, from 10am to 9pm, at 6-10 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LB. First editions of the Catalogue Raisonné will be displayed alongside an exhibition of five Bacon paintings and the pictured Triptych, 1987.

Please note exhibition/event details are subject to change. Further information will be shared via our website and social media closer to the exhibition date.

NORWICH’S SCVA SHOWCASE NINE BACON WORKS SPANNING TWO DECADES

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1965. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne, 1965. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts is offering visitors the opportunity to view nine Francis Bacon paintings, showcasing two decades of the late artist’s work.

Seven Bacon paintings, are on display in their free to view permanent collection: Portrait of R.J. Sainsbury 1955, Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa 1955, Portrait of Lisa 1956, Portrait of Lisa 1957, Head of a Man 1960 (catalogue raisonné number: 60-15), Head of a Man 1960 (catalogue raisonné number: 60-12), and Head of a Woman, 1960. These works are set to be on display until at least October 2016*.

Another two Bacon Paintings are on display in the new ticketed exhibition ‘Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time’: Study of a Nude c.1952-53, and Three Studies for a Portrait of Isabel Rawthorne 1965. The show opened 23 April and will run through to 29 August. The inclusion of Bacon’s works in this Giacometti show is to show the Swiss Sculptor’s impact on Britain.

Bacon met Giacometti in a café in Paris. He approached the sculptor and told him how much he admired his work. Bacon also liked Giacometti’s lifestyle in that despite his wealth he continued to work in his small, cluttered studio near Montparnasse. His lack of interest in official honours and success also appealed to Bacon. Parallels can be made between both artists’ lives in that neither accumulated many possessions but were extremely generous to friends and liked to frequent good restaurants and leave huge tips.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum situated on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Gifted by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury to the University in 1973, the Sainsbury Collection includes the largest group of early paintings by Francis Bacon in Northern Europe.

During the 1950’s, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury developed a close relationship with Francis Bacon, cemented in 1955 when Lisa commissioned him to make a portrait of Sir Robert, the only time Bacon agreed to such a venture. In the same year, Bacon began a series of portraits of Lisa of which ‘Sketch for a Portrait of Lisa’ is the earliest surviving example.

‘Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time’
23 April – 29 August 2016
SCVA, Norwich, UK

Word ref: SCVA website, special thanks to Kiran Miller-Burton. *Please note all details including featured works, display/exhibition dates and hours are subject to change, and tickets are subject to availability and access, for all confirmation please contact the SCVA.

FRANCIS BACON FOUNDATION TO PARTICIPATE IN MONACO’S NUIT BLANCHE

Foundation interior - Francis Bacon’s studio, January 1960 – Copyright Sotheby, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive – MB Art Collection.
Foundation interior – Francis Bacon’s studio, January 1960 – Copyright Sotheby, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive – MB Art Collection.

In late April, the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation is to participate in the first “Nuit Blanche” in Monaco.

The foundation will be offering free guided tours to its visitors, by appointment only, on 28 and 29 April at select times. For information on tour dates, times and to book, please visit the Foundation website (deadline for booking is Friday 29 April at 14:00).

Monaco’s Nuit Blanche is spurred by the National Council and by the will of the Princely Government. The street, the stage, the sea and the sky, all of Monaco’s dimensions come to life through an offering of works as choreographed events. You can find out more about Monaco’s Nuit Blanche by visiting the website.

Word ref: Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation and Nuit Blanche website. *Please note all details including times and dates are subject to change and availability, for all confirmation please contact Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation.

BACON DIPTYCH TO BE PUBLICLY EXHIBITED IN LONDON AND NEW YORK AHEAD OF AUCTION

Francis Bacon, Two Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1970. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2016. All Rights Reserved.
Francis Bacon, Two Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1970. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS London 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Two Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1970, will be publicly exhibited for free by Sotheby’s in London, and then in New York, ahead of the piece’s New York auction at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction.

The work has only previously been publicly exhibited twice before, at Bacon’s 1971 Paris Grand Palais retrospective, and in 1993 at London’s Marlborough Fine Art.

The travelling exhibition in London commences on 9 April through to 13 April at Sotheby’s New Bond Street address. Two Studies for a Self-Portrait then travels to Sotheby’s New York to be exhibited at their 1334 York Ave address on select days from 29 April through to 11 May. Please refer to Sotheby’s auction website for more details including full dates and times.*

If planning to attend the exhibitions of Francis Bacon’s work, we strongly recommend first checking with the exhibition hosts, in this case Sotheby’s, as all exhibition details are subject to change.

Contemporary Art Evening Auction
11 May 2016, 7:00 PM EDT
Sotheby’s, New York

Word ref: Sotheby’s and the Guardian. *Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, exhibition days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Sotheby’s.