Dec 1, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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I have booked a guided tour (45 to 60mn) for those who are interested. The cost is $25 per person for entry to the exhibition + guided tour to be paid on the day.. We could them all have lunch at the gallery's cafe.
Surveying Francis Bacon’s life and work, this is the first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by the master of post-war British art.
With over 50 paintings – many of them monumental in size – as well as archival material from his studio, films and photographs, the exhibition covers every decade of his career, from the pensive and shocking works of the 1940s to the exuberantly coloured and visceral large paintings of the 1970s and 80s.
As well as the sensual enjoyment of paint, Bacon’s work speaks of violence, from depictions of a screaming pope to crucifixions, animals and carcasses, ancient Greek figures and distorted, emotionally charged portraits of his close friends and lovers. ‘I’ve made images the intellect would never make,’ said the artist.
Curated by the Art Gallery of NSW, the exhibition has been four years in the making, with works drawn from private collections and Australian and international institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Britain in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Francis Bacon Estate.
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