Many years of blood, sweat and tears came to an end when I submitted my PhD thesis and passed my viva at the University of Cologne this summer. On the Trail of Francis Bacon – Painting from Photography explores the artist’s relationship to photography analysing his collection habits, working environment and methods, and the dynamics of his appropriation process. WATCH THIS SPACE
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Tagged Appropriation, Francis Bacon, painting, PhD thesis, photography, University of Cologne
In 2016 I did a research project with The John Deakin Archive on the artistic exchange between John Deakin and Francis Bacon. ‘Take it very much further away from the photograph’, an essay on how Bacon appropriated Deakin’s photographs, has just been published in the The British Art Journal, vol. XIX, no.3, Winter 2018/2019.
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Tagged Appropriation, Francis Bacon, John Deakin, The British Art Journal
‘FiSH Neighbourhood Care aims to inspire a caring community where older people live fulfilling, independent lives knowing that help willingly given by neighbours is at hand.’ I am delighted to contribute to their programme with a free lecture on Francis Bacon’s portraits after photographs, at their Barnes Green Centre, London, at 11.12.2018.
‘In other words, less emphasis is put on the knowledge of art and familiarity with it’s research material.’ I am looking forward to speaking at the conference ‘Connoisseurship in Contemporary Art Research’ taking place in Helsinki in November and organised by the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, University of Helsinki and University of Turku. A theme close to my heart!
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Tagged Academy of Fine Arts, Connoisseurship, Contemporary Art, Finland, Helsinki, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, University of Helsinki, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Turku
We just launched new material on the ‘Influence & Inspiration’ behind Francis Bacon’s art on francis-bacon.com. I had the great pleasure of planning and authoring the section with entries on Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Sergei Eisenstein, Lucian Freud, John Deakin, The Independent Group and Bacon’s artistic legacy.
Explore it here: Influence & Inspiration
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Tagged Francis Bacon, Independent Group, Influence, Inspiration, John Deakin, Legacy, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Sergei Eisenstein, Website
We just relaunched francis-bacon.com, the official website of The Estate of Francis Bacon. You can now see all 584 known Bacon paintings online, together with detailed information on the artist’s life and work.
The current refugee crisis is one of the most urgent issues of our time. The photographer Richard Mosse followed two major refugee routes with a military grade camera. I reviewed his show Incoming, on display at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery from 15 February – 23 April 2017 for the online photography magazine Super Massive Black Hole.
You can read it here: Seeing Something: Richard Mosse’s Incoming
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Tagged Barbican, Richard Mosse, SuperMassiveBlackHole