YORK ART GALLERY EXPLORES ‘FLESH’ WITH BACON WORK

Francis Bacon, 'Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch' (1965) Oil on canvas, 198 x 147.5cm, City of Manchester Art Galleries. Photo: AGNSW / Jenni Carter. © The Estate of Francis Bacon/ DACS/Licensed by Viscopy. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, ‘Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch’, 1965. Oil on canvas, 198 x 147.5cm, City of Manchester Art Galleries. Photo: AGNSW / Jenni Carter. © The Estate of Francis Bacon/ DACS/Licensed by Viscopy. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon’s Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch, 1965, is included in the major York Art Gallery exhibition ‘Flesh’.

The exhibition on now through to 19 March 2017, explores how artists represent flesh in their work. Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange. Questions will be raised about the body and ageing, race and gender, touch and texture and surface and skin.

Bacon’s Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch, and paintings from artists including Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin and Circle of Rembrandt, showcase how the body and flesh have long been the subject of scrutiny by artists. Additionally, contemporary works by internationally acclaimed artists will contrast those paintings.

Portrait of Henrietta Moraes on a Blue Couch, 1965, is a work from the Manchester Art Gallery Collection. Henrietta Moraes was a companion of Francis Bacon, who like the artist, frequented The Colony Room Club in Soho, London. The painting was executed from a John Deakin photograph of Moraes. On this piece Bacon experimentally applied paint, sections have smudges of expressive colour, whilst others have thickly applied paint where Bacon utilised large brushes. Bacon is known to have used everyday materials to apply paint, such as his pullover. Find out more about this work on the Manchester Art Gallery website.

‘Flesh’ is jointly curated with Dr Jo Applin, and will be accompanied by a publication based on new research and a varied events programme including a symposium.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to generous support from The Friends of York Art Gallery; The Henry Moore Foundation; Thomas Dane gallery, London and The University of York, and additional Art Fund support for the events programme. Find out more here.

‘Flesh’
23 September 2016 – 19 March 2017
York Art Gallery, UK

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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 York Art Gallery, UK.

GERMANY SHOWCASES BACON’S INVISIBLE ROOMS

Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait VII, 1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.
Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait VII, 1953. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Francis Bacon / DACS London 2016. All rights reserved.

Following its run at Tate Liverpool earlier this year, the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon. Invisible Rooms’ travels to Germany’s Staatsgalerie Stuttgart this month.

From 7 October, forty major paintings and triptychs as well as rarely shown works on paper, will be showcased in an exhibition exploring Francis Bacon’s pictorial strategy.

The remarkable positioning of Francis Bacon’s subjects is the focus, showing how Bacon’s ‘invisible rooms’ emphasise the isolation of his sitters and direct attention to their psychological states.

The exhibition is further illuminated by a German/English bilingual catalogue. The book is edited by Ina Conzen and contains contributions from members of Staatgalerie Stuttgart and Tate Liverpool, as well as Christian Spies and Martin Lewis Harrison.

For more information including ticketing, associated events and further insight, please visit the exhibition website.

‘Francis Bacon. Invisible Rooms’ is a joint exhibition organised by Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Tate Liverpool. Earlier this year Tate Liverpool hosted ‘Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms’, describing the show as ‘the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England’, you can read more on the past Tate Liverpool show via our previous news article.

‘Francis Bacon. Invisible Rooms’
7 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

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Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.