The theory that statesman and scientist Francis Bacon was the ghostwriter behind Shakespeare, and embedded the Bard’s plays with ciphers, had a major influence on modern cryptography.
Everyone’s favorite triptych will be taking a trip to Portland, Oregon, the New York Times has reported.
Tonight, Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” (1969) broke the world auction record and realized $142,405,000 at Christie’s Tuesday night Post-War and Contemporary auction at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center.
As Christie’s preps to sell off Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” for a possible record price of $100 million, it may be a good time to bone up on your talking points for both of these canonized artists.
Have you ever wanted to own Francis Bacon’s old brushes, on which scabs of paint gnarl the worn handles, leftover residue of works of warped forms? Well, good news: there’s a Christie’s auction for you, and you can even pick up a dancing robot and taxidermy ostrich while you’re at it.
Museums are turning more, and with more creativity, to their own permanent collections. Is necessity the mother of invention once again, or is there a real interest among museums to breathe new life into their own holdings? (Or both?) Either way, the public is reaping the benefits. Today viewers have more opportunities to see important works recontextualized by enterprising curators who are themselves reexamining the ways we construct and perceive our art histories.
In this 1985 documentary on the artist, made while he was still very much alive, Francis Bacon talks through one of his most iconic works and explains how he makes paintings. The artist also slowly gets very drunk and discusses the beauty of the word “voluptuous.”
Until an artist version of Cribs is invented, the best way we can get inside an artist’s life and work is to get inside their studios. Photographs of artists in their studios are kind of like snapshots of an artistic career, a whole body of work compressed into a single room. A working and living space tells a lot about the person that inhabits it, and the spare objects and trashed drafts tossed around the room communicate eloquently about artists’ inner lives. I’ve collected some cool studio shots that all communicate something inexpressible about the artists they shelter.
It’s summer in New York and the focus of the city’s art fans shifts to museums as many stage large tourist-friendly shows and turn up the air conditioning during the sweltering months. Visiting the museums I encounter people — often tourists — who discuss art with refreshingly unfiltered opinions about what they are seeing. On a recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I overheard some very interesting commentary from the museum goers; commentary that sparked confusion, insight, and humor … and I decided to write it down.