Shortly after Francis Bacon died, one photographer was granted access to work undisturbed for days on end to produce this riveting record of the Kensington mews house in which Francis Bacon lived and worked for much of his life. In the studio itself, thirty years of inspired artistic endeavour had accumulated in tangible form - the last unfinished painting on the easel; the slashed, discarded canvases on the floor; brushes and paints; photographs of friends and models; pages torn from magazines and books that served visual stimulus for his work; doors and walls that seem to have been inpromptu palettes. Published now for the first time, together with photographs of Bacon's living quarters, kitchen and bedroom, his bookshelves stacked high with Aeschylus, T.S. Eliot and other volumes, trousers draped over a chair, a fractured mirror broken in who knows what incident, this is an astonishing document. Straightforwardly presented, it gives us the sense of having been invited in by Bacon as if he has briefly gone out to buy his newspapers. Some of those close to Bacon during his lifetime believe that his studio and its contents was an heroic statement, in the mould of Duchamp's great wo
Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson
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Views of the studio at 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington, London, where Francis Bacon spent the last thirty years of his life from 1961 - 1992, inform us of many aspects of Bacon's life and art. The studio is notorious among artists' studios in that it is nearly non-navigable, so strew are the walls and floors and easels with the memorabilia and photos, drawings and articles that ultimately resulted in some of the most exciting art created in the 20th Century.
This very fine book represents a catalogue of the project to move Bacon's studio intact to Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin where the curators have seized on documenting every tube, brush, tossed away sketch, collaged photos, small reproductions of famous artists' works (such as the Velasquez popes), bits of cloth and canvas, and photos of his models, his lovers, and his associates - a daunting task but one so important that it takes this book to define.
Richly photographed by Perry Ogden who manages to capture...
An unusual, beautiful little book for the shelves of Francis Bacon fans. The photographs are beautiful, exhaustively document this legendary, but little known space, and have a haunting quality that complements other Bacon monographs. One senses the vibrancy of the artist's life, and only then the realization that, but for the fact he is deceased, the reader would not be holding this book and having this "privileged" view. Very strange!
If the idea of a neat, orderly artist's studio with everything in Tupperware tubs makes you twitch; this book is for you. The photos seem to capture the studio in a state of divine chaos, nearly ankle-deep with art supplies, visual reference material, beloved and well-used books, paint-splattered walls, a grimey encrusted radiator. The place absolutely radiates activity, urgency, and exploration. Given that most of us cannot parade through the studios of our favorite artists, a book like this is the next best thing. As I flipped through the pages, I felt the crustiness of the surfaces, I caught the energy of the ideas, and almost felt I could sniff the scent of solvents and paints. I just completed a book about artist's studios and creative workspaces ("Art-Making & Studio Spaces" by Rockport/Quarry)and was intent on showing studios "as is". Somehow, viewing the places where art "happens" (including all the messes, oddities, and eccentricities) seems like an important part of...
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