We are excited to be announcing ‘The Estate of Francis Bacon Publishing’ microsite francisbacon.art, and news of our forthcoming publications.
Last year, The Estate of Francis Bacon most notably published the artist’s complete oeuvre in ‘Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné’. Before this we had published research into Bacon’s working material, held in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in Francis Bacon: Metamorphoses, in 2011.
As announced on francisbacon.art, our next publications will be a series of ‘Francis Bacon Studies’, focusing on aspects of Bacon’s work in greater detail than is possible within a catalogue raisonné. The founding title, in this series edited by Martin Harrison, will be a hardback book entitled ‘Bacon and the Mind’. It will examine the artist’s work from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology and art history. Publication dates and other information on ‘Francis Bacon Studies’ will be announced on our new microsite as the series progresses.
Francisbacon.art marks the inclusion of The Estate of Francis Bacon as an ‘Early Adopter’ of the .Art domain. The address communicates a proud public statement of inclusion and position in the art world, seeing us in the company of Artists, Galleries, Museums, Art Fairs, Foundations and more.
London’s Marlborough Fine Art presents a selection of prints by twentieth century masters, and friends, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
The exhibition ‘Bacon and Freud: Graphic Works‘ aims to provide an overview of the artists’ graphic output and demonstrate the different approaches each took to printmaking.
Francis Bacon based his prints on a selection of 35 of his paintings dating from 1955 – 1991. Bacon worked with skilled French, Italian and Spanish printers on a relatively small body of lithographs and a few etchings (totalling about 40 editions). Marlborough started working with Bacon in 1958 and has carried his graphic works since they were made. Frankie Rossi, Director of Marlborough Graphics explains:
“Bacon wanted his prints to look as close to his paintings as possible – his attention to detail and desire for perfection are evident in these works. Prints were produced under his supervision and he personally made changes to proofs when necessary, always ensuring the right colour balance was achieved.”
All Bacon prints Marlborough exhibit and deal in were created, approved and signed in the artist’s lifetime – with the exception of three editions made in the year of Bacon’s death, which he approved but did not get a chance to sign. These posthumous prints are stamp signed by The Estate of Francis Bacon.
Word ref: Marlborough Fine Art website and press release.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Marlborough Fine Art.
*Please note this exhibition is to set to close on 24 February (not 25 February as previously stated). As always, we recommend you check in with the hosting Gallery/Museum ahead of your visit.
UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is to showcase five paintings by Francis Bacon, including powerful images of popes, such as the revered masterpiece Head VI, 1949 and related works.
January sees the reopening of Ferens Art Gallery, following major refurbishment. Later this month, Bacon’s paintings will join the Gallery’s permanent collection in the display ‘Francis Bacon: Nervous System’.
Head VI is part of the Arts Council Collection. They describe the work as ‘one of Bacon’s greatest masterpieces’. We’ll be reviewing this work further in our next ‘Catalogue Raisonné Focus’ article soon.
Word ref: Hull City Council and City of Culture websites, Arts Council Collection website, Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II, pages 202-205.
Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact Ferens Art Gallery.