27 January 2022

Francis Bacon: Birth Copulation And Death – Royal Academy – Sue Hubbard

If there is one image that Bacon made his own above any other, it is the mouth contorted in a scream or grimace.

2 November 2021

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Simone Leigh Quits Hauser & Wirth – Bacon Owl Pope Hits The Auction Block – Art Basel Website Cyber Attack

Simone Leigh Quits Hauser & Wirth – Bacon Owl Pope Hits Auction Block – Art Basel Website Cyber Attack

13 October 2021

Francis Bacon: RA Show Explores His Fascination With Animals

The Royal Academy of Arts is presenting Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, the first exhibition to chart the development of the artist’s work through the lens of his fascination with animals

12 September 2021

Francis Bacon Forgery Ring Italian Police Make Arrests

Italian police have seized 500 drawings and collages reputed to be by the Irish born artist Francis Bacon.

10 June 2019

Francis Bacon – The Power Of The Illicit – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Francis Bacon show at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill is something of a landmark event. It contains a sumptuous array of top-quality works. Only a very few of these come from museum collections, so see them while you can. The show is brutally frank about Bacon’s homosexuality, and about the role that his sexual orientation […]

1 April 2019

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Francis Bacon Screaming Pope Portrait to Be Auctioned At Sotheby’s

Francis Bacon’s $20-30m ‘Screaming Pope’ Study for a Head is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in May. It is one of the most iconic works by the artist remaining in private hands

13 November 2017

Rare Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon Exhibited At Tate

An important portrait by Francis Bacon of his friend/rival Lucian Freud is to be shown in Tate Britain’s landmark exhibition

6 September 2017

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Francis Bacon Pope Portrait Resurfaces After 50 Years At Christie’s London

A portrait by the British artist Francis Bacon which has not been seen in public for over 55 years is to be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

21 July 2017

Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Worth £30m Found In Spain

Police in Spain have announced that they have recovered three of the five paintings by the British artist Francis Bacon stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015.

6 March 2017

Controversial Francis Bacon Crucifixion Drawings Go On Display In London Church

Last year a Gallery in Mayfair exhibited a selection of drawings and collages from the Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino collection of works by Francis Bacon. It created quite a stir in the press, as the collection remains unauthenticated by the Bacon estate and rejected as fakes by the author of the new catalogue raisonné.

20 December 2016

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The Best Exhibitions Of 2016 – Chosen By Paul Black

Paul Black chooses his best exhibitions of 2016 and delves deeper than the blockbusters and often further afield from London.

22 November 2016

Quiz – Three Little Known Facts About Francis Bacon

Test your knowledge of Francis Bacon

3 October 2016

Francis Bacon Guggenheim Bilbao Exhibition Reveals Influences Of The Great Masters

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is currently featuring a retrospective of the 20th century British/Irish artist Francis Bacon. Considered one of the most important artists of his time, Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez surveys more than six decades of the artist’s painting, displaying an impressive selection of his paintings alongside those of some of the […]

19 September 2016

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Notorious Colony Room Featured In New Pallant House Gallery Exhibition

The Colony Room: Masterpieces from Pallant House Gallery, is a major new exhibition, chronicling the life and times of the legendary Colony Room, haunt for artists, musicians, and street-life. It is to be held at Bonhams in London from 2 to 11 October over the Frieze Week period. The show will try and tell the story […]

3 September 2016

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Is Old Fanny Bacon Turning In Her Grave? By Edward Lucie-Smith

The person who rode herd on Frances Bacon during the time that he was represented by the Marlborough Gallery – insofar, that is to say, as anyone could, in fact, ride herd on that raffish old queen – was an upright (some say uptight) lady called Valerie Beston. Since her death, there has been a trust founded in […]

22 July 2016

Francis Bacon’s Controversial Yet Moving Late Drawings Exhibited In Trieste

I was recently in Trieste, for a small exhibition of drawings attributed to Francis Bacon. This can hardly be considered a review, as my links to the whole Bacon drawings controversy are already well known and in the public domain. Francis Bacon always denied that he made drawings. In this, as in quite a number of other aspects of his […]

24 June 2016

Maria Lassnig: Baconian Inevitability Lingers At Tate Liverpool

Artlyst has travelled to Tate Liverpool which is currently presenting the first UK retrospective of late Austrian artist Maria Lassnig in an exhibition that runs in parallel with the gallery’s survey of Francis Bacon’s use of the space frame in ‘Invisible Rooms’. The show features 40 large scale paintings, the exhibition spans the Lassnig’s entire […]

23 May 2016

Francis Bacon: Striking New Exhibition Unveiled At Tate Liverpool

Invisible rooms is a captivating, major new exhibition of works by the artist Francis Bacon. It displays more than thirty paintings alongside rarely seen drawings and documents.  As well as painting the human figure, Bacon also took inspiration from  photographic reproductions showing a range of approaches to his subject matter. This is the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England. […]

5 May 2016

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Francis Bacon: Alice Herrick And Clive Jennings Discuss The Ravarino Drawings

The Herrick Gallery, London is currently presenting a selection of drawings purportedly by the great British painter Francis Bacon, lent by Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino to David Edwards, the brother of John Edwards, to whom Bacon left everything when the artist died in 1992. These works are juxtaposed with new paintings by Darren Coffield. But the […]

23 April 2016

Darren Coffield And Francis Bacon: Magicians of Matter And Light

The Herrick Gallery, London is currently presenting a selection of drawings by Francis Bacon and new paintings by Darren Coffield. It is stated that both artists create figuration with a twist: both manipulate the language of the human figure in art, reinterpreting the form through disturbing subversion. But there is another twist to this exhibition: […]

21 April 2016

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Francis Bacon Controversy: Unauthenticated Drawings Go On Sale

The Herrick Gallery London is selling eight pencil & graphite drawings and two pastel collages said to be by the late great British painter Francis Bacon. The works are alleged to have been made between 1977 and 1992 and donated to his good friend in Italy, Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino, but have been rejected as fakes […]

11 April 2016

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Darren Coffield Talks To Artlyst About Exhibiting With Francis Bacon

Darren Coffield was born in London in 1969. He studied at Goldsmiths College, Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 1993. He has exhibited widely in the company of many leading British artists including Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and […]

2 February 2016

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Francis Bacon’s Relationship With Monaco and French Culture Explored In New Exhibition

A major new exhibition, exploring Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture,opens at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from 2 July – 4 September 2016, supported by The Estate of Francis Bacon and the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation. Martin Harrison, curator of the exhibition and editor of the forthcoming Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, has included many works rarely if ever on […]

6 January 2016

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Early Francis Bacon Relationship Revealed In Newly Discovered Diary

A newly discovered diary found during research for a major biography of the painter Francis Bacon has uncovered new information about this important artist’s early career as a designer and furniture maker. Little was known about Its author, Eric Allden, other than they shared an address for two years during the early 1930s. Allden had been a […]

16 November 2015

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Francis Bacon Complete Catalogue Raisonne Set For April Publication

Owners of paintings by Francis Bacon have now missed the deadline to be included in his first complete Catalogue Raisonné, which closed at the end of October 2015. For this ten year project, collectors were requested to contact the Catalogue Raisonné Committee via The Estate of Francis Bacon. The Bacon Catalogue Raisonné will now go to press and is […]

29 October 2015

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Francis Bacon, Alex Katz, Among Representational Artists Explored At White Cube

White Cube Bermondsey presents ‘Tightrope Walk: Painted Images after Abstraction’, a group exhibition, curated by Barry Schwabsky. The exhibition brings together almost 70 paintings by some 40 artists, showing how the act of making a representational painting has been redefined over the past century, following the emergence of abstraction. The exhibition also considers the effect […]