ALL TOO HUMAN

Tate invited me to take part in a talk and panel discussion on the concept of ‘Gaze’ in relationship to their current exhibition All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, 28 February – 27 August 2018. Come along and join me, philosopher Timothy Secret and artist Amalia Ulman for an interesting afternoon on 12 May. Please find more information on the event here

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KILL YOUR DARLINGS

The Clemens Sels Museum Neuss, Germany, is currently staging a fantastic show on portrait painting and photography, Wunsch & Wirklichkeit Der Einfluss der Fotografie auf das Porträt (Desire & Reality: The Influence of Photography on Portraiture’). I will be giving the public lecture ‘Kill your Darlings – Francis Bacons Porträts nach fotografischen Vorlagen’ (Francis Bacon’s portraits after photographic sources) at its closing event on 18 February 2018.

More information here

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FRANCIS-BACON.COM

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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.

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INCOMING

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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MARIA LASSNIG

Maria Lassnig developed a novel way of figurative painting. I reviewed her show at Hauser & Wirth, London, 1 March – 29 April 2017, for this is tomorrow.

You can read it here: Lassnig review

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GUDRUN PUBLISHING

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The book Art Souvenir: Francis Bacon, which I wrote in collaboration with The Estate of Francis Bacon, was just published by Gudrun Publishing. It is aimed at the general public and contains reproductions of Bacon’s paintings, a biography, a chronology of his life and quotes by the artist.

It is available for purchase here.

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NEO RAUCH

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Neo Rauch is the most fascinating of contemporary German painters. I reviewed his latest show at Gallery David Zwirner, London, 5 October – 12 November 2016, for this is tomorrow.

You can read it here: Rauch review

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FRANCIS BACON CATALOGUE RAISONNE

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Did you know that Francis Bacon’s Two Seated Figures and Seated Figure, 1979, derived from a photograph in the book ‘The Parade’s Gone By’? I am very proud that my research is mentioned frequently throughout the new ‘Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné’. The seminal publication was edited by Martin Harrison and was published by The Estate of Francis Bacon in June 2016.

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FRANCIS BACON NEW STUDIES

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My review of Francis Bacon – New Studies: Centenary Essays was just published on ‘on artbooks’ the blog by artbooksonline. You can read it here: New Studies review

 

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AND EVERYTHING BECOMES NOTHING AGAIN

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‘And everything becomes nothing again’ is the latest project of the wonderful and talented Léa Habourdin, which follows the breeding cycle of an osprey couple in the Baltic woods. I had the great pleasure of writing an introduction for her photobook.

More info here: introduction and everything

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