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Francis Bacon Retrospective at London's Tate

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A retrospective exhibition of Francis Bacon's work is being offered at London's Tate Gallery. It begins today and concludes on January 2nd. So, you have fifteen days to get your fill of tortured genius. Yes, there are plenty of screaming Popes and crucifixion themed works. His lifelong obsession with crucifixion is actually the centerpiece of the exhibit.

The linked article from today's Times Online has a brief video with plenty of the usual hyperbole.

Three Studies for a Crucifixion, Triptych - 1962


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Bacon's one of my favorite painters and we will be lucky enough to be in London during this exhibition (we're actually staying literally less than 5 minutes from Tate Britain)

I saw his last retrospect when it was in LA at LACMA, his work is amazing in real life, seeing pictures do no justice to the intense textural work he created
 

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Thank you for posting this.
 

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I thought this was about the philosopher.
 

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i would give a ball to attend this. no other artist has influenced me more.
 

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Originally Posted by Get Smart
Bacon's one of my favorite painters and we will be lucky enough to be in London during this exhibition (we're actually staying literally less than 5 minutes from Tate Britain)

I saw his last retrospect when it was in LA at LACMA, his work is amazing in real life, seeing pictures do no justice to the intense textural work he created


I recall from an earlier Bacon thread that you were looking forward to this.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...=Francis+Bacon



Originally Posted by dkzzzz
Thank you for posting this.

It's my pleasure. Many forum members have acquired a taste for Bacon.

http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...56&postcount=9

http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...5&postcount=26

From a late 1990s show here in La Jolla - All the Pope studies (as already decent-sized thumbnails) in a row for comparison:

http://www.mcasd.org/exhibitions/bac...ery/frame.html


Originally Posted by thekunk07
i would give a ball to attend this.

Lance Armstrong is also a fan.

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Hideous stuff. I thought this thread was going to be about the 17th century Francis Bacon. Or maybe just bacon.
 

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I saw the retrospective in San Francisco.
I walked away with the opinion that Bacon is a classicist.
I will also recommend the interviews with David Sylvester for a peek into Bacon's mind and why /how he paints the things he does.
He was a man haunted by Velazquez's, Pope Innocent X
 

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someone compared my paintings to his once and i almost sucked them off for the compliment.
 

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Originally Posted by thekunk07
someone compared my paintings to his once and i almost sucked them off for the compliment.

please. pics or they don't exist.
 

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Originally Posted by randallr
please. pics or they don't exist.

Just make sure they're tagged NSFW.
 

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Originally Posted by Full Canvas
It’s my pleasure. Many forum members have acquired a taste for Bacon.


I find him interesting, but I am not a fan.
He has IMO too much showmanship in his works as well as epatage (kind of like Matta ). He tries to provoke and scare (kind of like Horror movie), but he is too literate in his attempts (kind of like Horror movie) and not cerebral enough.
 

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Originally Posted by thekunk07
someone compared my paintings to his once and i almost sucked them off for the compliment.

I def had my "copy Bacon" style of painting when I was in art school, this was soon after my "rip off HR Giger" period, but before my "I wanna be the next Dave McKean" era of work
 

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