Li-Mi-Yan’s Nausea: No Shortage of Pudenda and Manufactured Hostility

“These dreams were a product of the IV missing the vein repeatedly and causing a beautiful shade of crimson, blues, fading to yellow just under the parchment-like encasement”. There would always be consequences to these observations. The longer days when their skin dried out and flaked off to the pavement before being carried away by […]

Francis Bacon on Violence, Suffering and Painting for Himself

Painting, 1946 @ The Estate of Francis Bacon “”I think that life is violent and most people turn away from that side of it in an attempt to live a life that is screened. But I think they are merely fooling themselves. I mean, the act of birth is a violent thing, and the act […]

The Last Francis Bacon Interview – On Violence, Meat and Photography

“We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream, and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death.”   Excerpts from Francis Bacon: I Painted to be Loved Interview by Francis Giacobetti conducted on February 1992, published in The Art Newspaper, no. 137, […]

Francis Bacon and ‘Narrative’, the Natural Enemy of Vision

“I do not want to avoid telling a story, but I want very, very much to do the thing that Valery said – to give the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance. And the moment the story enters, the boredom comes upon you.” – Francis Bacon By Ernst Van Alphen, brief excerpts from Francis […]

Francis Bacon – “Survey”

  “I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs.” – Francis Bacon   Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) is largely known for his grotesque, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s abstracted figures typically appear enclosed within glass or steel geometrical cages and […]

Bill Brandt – ‘Don’t Smile – You Look Stupid’ (2004)

Francis Bacon, 1963   “When you take someone smiling,” he explained to his niece, “they look stupid.”   By Sebastian Smee, March 22, 2004 Taking celebrity portraits involves making a crucial decision. You can embrace the celebrity machine, relishing your own role in the business of image-creation; this was the approach of Cecil Beaton and […]