FRANCIS BACON – IN THE MIRROR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

I am very proud that my book Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography. Collecting, Preparatory Practice and Painting will be published by De Gruyter in April 2022. It is based on my PhD research and thus marks the end of a long and exciting journey.

Francis Bacon consistently and deliberately based his paintings on the photographic material he collected in his studios, most famously so in the last one at 7 Reece Mews, London, for this purpose. Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography brings together Bacon’s pictorial springboards for the first time and delineates and interprets recurring patterns and methods, but also highlights the limitations of Bacon’s interest in photography.

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STUDIOLO BACON

It was a great pleasure to open “Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography” at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen last week. The Studiolo display, curated by myself and Christian Spies, includes three paintings by Francis Bacon, among them their newly acquired Turning Figure, 1963, and their photographic sources, for example from Picture Post and Lilliput magazine. I presented a lecture to mark the occassion.

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FOTOLOT REVIEW

My book Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography. Collecting, Preparatory Practice and Painting has been reviewed in Peter Truschner’s Fotolot (Perlentaucher. Online Kulturmagazin). You can read it here: https://lnkd.in/eWqzVduE

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TWO LECTURES AT THE HUGH LANE: FRANCIS BACON – IN THE MIRROR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

It was great to present two lectures on Francis Bacon’s use of photographic sources at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, where Bacon’s studio material is held today.

Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography, Public Lecture, 24 July 2022 and Coffee Conversation, 27 July 2022

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VIDEO TALK: FRANCIS BACON – IN THE MIRROR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Hear me talk about my research on Francis Bacon’s pictorial sources on The Estate of Francis Bacon’s official youtube channel: video talk

My book Francis Bacon – In the Mirror of Photography. Collecting, Preparatory Practice and Painting is now available from a variety of book sellers including Amazon, Foyles, Hugendubel and Dussmann.

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FRANCIS BACON OU LA MESURE DE L’EXCÈS

 

Yves Peyré’s book Francis Bacon ou La mesure de l’excès delivers a passionate, personal view on the artist. I reviewed it for REVUE REGARDS CROISÉS.

You can read it here

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LEE MILLER LECTURE AT BUCHENWALD

As part of the international MWW-Summer School 2021 ‘Collection Spaces – Räume des Sammelns’, I will be presenting the lecture ‘‘Das Goethehaus ist ziemlich mitgenommen‘ – Lee Millers Blick auf Buchenwald und Weimar’ at the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation on 25 August 2021. This is a unique opportunity to discuss Lee Miller’s photographs of the liberation of the concentration camp at the site where they were taken.

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NEO RAUCH WITH A HINT OF BACON

My review of Neo Rauch’s exhibition Handlauf, which I saw at Galerie EIGEN+ART in Leipzig last year, has just been published by the open access art journal kunsttexte.de (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). My text discusses the painter’s attempts to avoid plain interpretation and keep the sovereignty over the interpretation of his art, and compares his strategies to achieve this with those of Francis Bacon. Read the review online here: Neo Rauch. Handlauf. Galerie EIGEN+ART, Leipzig, 26.09.2020-12.12.2020

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“TAKE IT VERY MUCH FURTHER…” ON JSTOR

My essay “‘Take it very much further away from the photograph’ – How Francis Bacon (1909–1992) appropriated the photographs of John Deakin (1912–1972)”, which I published in the British Art Journal in winter 2018/2019, is now available on Jstor: https://www.jstor.org/stable/48584557

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FAHBI PRESENTATION

I presented my PhD project at a meeting of the Fachforum Kunstgeschichte Britanniens und Irlands – Forum Art History of Britain and Ireland (FAHBI) and was very pleased about my peers’ positive reaction. All colleagues from Ireland and the UK are most welcome to join the forum.

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