15 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Curator Calvin Winner Discusses Francis Bacon Sketching And Sculpture

Artlyst spoke to Calvin Winner, Head of Collections at Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, and co-curator of the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, to give us his opinion of Bacon’s process in relation to the artist’s unfinished work ‘Three Figures’ – one of three incomplete paintings that were exhibited in the exhibition. It was […]

3 July 2015

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Champagne Swillers Jostled By Sotheby’s Protesters With No Cigar For Bacon Pope

What’s the real value of a humble Dollar/Pound? For those champagne swillers who braved a loud and angry protest outside Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction Wednesday night, Warhol’s One Dollar Bill, hand painted in 1962, sold for a whopping £20.9m (estimated at only £13-18m). The enormous disparity between the mob outside, revealed to be a cleaning service […]

2 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Amanda Geitner Discusses Francis Bacon And Lisa Sainsbury

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage […]

1 July 2015

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Christie’s London Post War And Contemporary Evening Sale Achieves £95,646,500

Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £95,646,500 / $ 150,069,359 / €134,287,686, with sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 88% by value. Bidders from 34 countries across three continents showed great enthusiasm for works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists alongside classics of the category. The evening established records […]

30 June 2015

James Richards Juxtaposes Sound With Francis Bacon For V-A-C Collection Presentation

For the fourth and final presentation of works from the V-A-C collection, Moscow, Turner Prize nominated artist James Richards has selected Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) which is currently on show at the Whitechapel Gallery until 30 August 2015. Richards has created an immersive sound work for the exhibition, which envelops the redesigned […]

23 June 2015

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James Richards Chooses Francis Bacon Painting For Final Presentation Of The V-A-C Collection

Turner Prize nominated artist James Richards has selected Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) for this fourth and final presentation of works from the V-A-C collection, Moscow, which will be on show at the Whitechapel Gallery from 23 June to 30 August 2015. The artist has composed a new sound work for this display, […]

8 June 2015

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Francis Bacon: First Look At Pope Set For Sotheby’s Auction

A work from of Francis Bacon’s most famous series of paintings, of seated and often screaming popes, is to go on sale with an estimated value of £25m to £35m. When the canvas last went under the hammer in 2005, “Study for a Pope I” (1961) fetched £10 million — at the time this was […]

1 May 2015

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Curator Amanda Geitner Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon And A Very Personal Patronage

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by the great British painter Francis Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of the celebrations […]

27 April 2015

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Francis Bacon Self-Portraits Resurface And Are Expected To Fetch £30m

Two Francis Bacon self-portraits not seen by the public for some time are going on public display after resurfacing in a private collection. relatives of the original collector have opted to sell the paintings, which are expected to fetch £15 million each at auction. Experts knew of the works’ existence, but did not know who […]

25 April 2015

Francis Bacon And The Masters: The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts – Essential Appropriation

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition of works by the renowned British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of […]

24 April 2015

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Francis Bacon: Sketching And The Skeleton In The Cupboard

I remember viewing the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon: Working on Paper’, at Tate Britain in February 1999 with some scepticism. Bacon claimed that he never did preparatory work, didn’t draw, or make sketches before beginning work on one of his visceral creations. I really believed that these alleged snippets into Bacon’s apparently illicit practice of sketching […]

22 April 2015

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Phillips Ups Its Game With Francis Bacon’s Rare Female Nudes

Two examples of Francis Bacon female nudes, a rare entity from the artist, will be on offer, priced from $25 million to $35 million, Phillips is staking its claim as a serious competitor to established auction houses at New York’s contemporary art sales next month. One of the works is a portrait of the voluptuous […]

22 April 2015

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Thierry Morel Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon, Influence, And Memory

Francis Bacon and the Masters is the latest exhibition of works by the late-great British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking […]

19 March 2015

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Extensive Francis Bacon Exhibition To Open At Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

Francis Bacon and the Masters is a groundbreaking exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by Francis Bacon with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, St […]

11 March 2015

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Is Damien Hirst Recruiting Photo-realist Painters To Boost His Flagging Paintings?

Damien Hirst’s company Science UK LTD, has placed an advert for photo-realist painters. The ad, posted on the Jobs section of the Guardian, lists the following requirements for any applicant: “Experience of working with oil paint necessary, good colour matching skills, and attention to detail are essential for this position. Candidates must have a BA […]

12 February 2015

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Damien Hirst Celebrates Valentine’s Day But It Breaks Our Hearts

Damien Hirst is celebrating Valentine’s Day in the form of a pop-up exhibition at Paul Stolper, presenting LOVE, an exhibition of prints and sculptural editions by the artist. The exhibition will run over Valentine’s Day, and focuses exclusively on the theme of love. The exhibition includes ‘LOVE Gold’, a portfolio of love-heart prints, each foil […]

22 January 2015

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Francis Bacon Rare Double Self-Portrait For Sotheby’s Auction

Sotheby’s London will offer Francis Bacon’s hugely rare Two Studies for Self-Portrait 1977, which is estimated to sell for £13 to £18 million, one of only three self-portraits in this dual format to have been painted by the artist. Bacon’s (1909-1992) haunting self-portraits have become inseparable from how we remember the turbulent life of one […]

19 January 2015

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Francis Bacon Masterpieces Have Dual Exhibitions In Russia And UK

The Hermitage Museum Saint Peterburg brings to an end its 250th anniversary celebrations with Francis Bacon exhibitions in Russia and the UK. Both exhibitions will show the artist’s work from UK collections alongside objects from the Hermitage that inspired him. The exhibition includes an impressive twenty-five canvases, and are on show in St. Petersburg until […]

1 January 2015

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Rubens And His Legacy At The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is to present the first blockbuster of the year, and expectations are high for this exhibition of Flemish baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens – an artist who painted everything from family portraits to ceilings including at Banqueting House in Whitehall. But the artist is known for his feast of colour, violence, eroticism […]

31 October 2014

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Mr. Turner On Film – Chipping Away At The Art Biopic

With the opening of Mike Leigh’s film ‘Mr. Turner’, starring Timothy Spall as the great British painter Joseph Mallard William Turner, Artlyst turns its eye toward the art biopic. Considering the visual nature of art and film, one may think visual art a fitting topic for celluloid – or is experiencing the clichéd story arc […]

28 October 2014

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Prince Albert Inaugurates Francis Bacon Foundation In Monaco

The Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation will be inaugurated by Prince Albert of Monaco in Monte Carlo today. The opening of the philanthropic organisation marks the anniversary of the birth of the great British painter on October 28th 1909. The new foundation is the creation of Lebanese-born Swiss property developer Majid Boustany; and gathers together […]

15 October 2014

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Francis Bacon’s Seated Pope Up For Auction

A major work by Francis Bacon from the artist’s ‘Papal’ oeuvre will be one of the highlights of the evening sale of Post-War and contemporary art in New York. The painting ‘seated figure’ was created by the British giant of art in 1960, and stems from Bacon’s obsession with Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X; […]

14 October 2014

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Unseen Pablo Picasso Self-Portrait In London Exhibition

A self-portrait by Pablo Picasso that was created in 1901, and has not previously been exhibited in public before, will go on display in central London this week. The exhibition will include works by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and great British painter Francis Bacon. The self-portrait by Picasso depicts the Spanish artist and sculptor at […]

17 September 2014

Jasper Johns: Regrets – Love Loss And Fixation

The Courtauld Gallery presents ‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’; a display of new work by the internationally renowned octogenarian American artist. Johns made his reputation in the late 1950s with the iconic Flag and Target paintings which paved the way for the development of Pop Art. The exhibition showcases the artist’s most recent oeuvre of work, which Johns […]

16 September 2014

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For The Love Of God – Art Graduate Lands Job With Damien Hirst

Graduate Sorcha Williams who studied a B-Tec in art and design at the further education college in Aberystwyth between 2004 and 2006, has landed a prestigious job as one of Damien Hirst’s art assistants. The student has since gone on to complete a masters degree in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art. “I […]

1 July 2014

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Record Price For Francis Bacon Triptych And Peter Doig At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s London was again breaking records this evening when a rare Francis Bacon triptych of George Dyer attracted bids from four collectors around the world, far surpassing its estimate and selling to a telephone bidder for a landmark price of £26,682,500 ($45,400,274). The sum paid sets a new benchmark for a small-scale triptych by the […]

5 June 2014

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Francis Bacon Lucian Freud Study From Roald Dahl Collection To Be Auctioned

Francis Bacon’s single head study of  the artist Lucian Freud painted in1961 from the private collection of the celebrated writer Roald Dahl and the Dahl family is to go under the hammer at Christie’s . The canvas measuring fourteen inches by twelve will be offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 1 […]

2 June 2014

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Francis Bacon Iconic Triptych Portraits Of Lover George Dyer To Be Auctioned

Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground) by Francis Bacon is to go under the hammer in Sotheby’s Evening sale of Contemporary Art in London . The painting depicts the man who was the love of Bacon’s life at the moment when they were most deeply involved, this exceptionally rare lifetime depiction […]

15 February 2014

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Francis Bacon Portrait Realises £42 million In Christie’s London Auction

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art London evening auction has realised a total of £124,192,000/ $206,158,720/ €151,017,472 selling 83% by lot and 95% by value and achieving the 2nd highest ever total for a European Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art*. The top price of the evening was paid for Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer […]

11 November 2013

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Artists of the Colony Room Explored In New West-end Exhibition

The Colony Room Club opened its doors for the first time just before Christmas in 1948, so it seems appropriate that this exhibition of works by some of the many artists who frequented the club opens at the same time of year as a kind of antidote to ‘Christmas’ exhibitions.  The Colony Room was an […]

25 September 2013

Francis Bacon And Henry Moore Sadomasochistic Gambler Vs Immortal Bones

Happily married establishment figure and Royal College of Art tutor, versus a self-taught sadomasochistic gambler with a fondness for alcohol and the sleek underbelly of Soho. It is difficult not to see this exhibition as a competition of interests and the interesting; the very personalities of both artists are very evident – one only needs […]

25 June 2012

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Francis Bacon And Paula Rego Feature In New Cumbrian Exhibition

Abbot Hall’s summer exhibition in Cumbria has mounted an exhibition titled; “Francis Bacon to Paula Rego”. It  celebrates and explores the work of major British painters of the last fifty years. The featured artists reads like a who’s who of the art world and draws from Abbot Hall’s significant collection of twentieth century painting with […]