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Last weeks of Francis Bacon: five decades

Must close 24 February 2013

Francis Bacon Three studies of the male back, 1970, triptych: oil on canvas, each 198 × 147.5 cm, Kunsthaus Zurich, Vereinigung Zurcher Kunstfreunde © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS/Licensed by Viscopy

Francis Bacon: five decades

Until 24 Feb – Sydney only

This is the last chance to see Francis Bacon’s work in Australia. One of the most important figurative painters of the 20th century, Bacon’s painting is gutsy, exciting and visually compelling. The exhibition includes some 50 paintings spanning the artist’s career and includes some of his best known triptychs. The works have been drawn from 37 private and public collections around the world including Tate Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art in New York. Also on show is a wealth of archival material from his chaotic studio, offering a fascinating insight into the artist and his creative process.

Barbara Dawson, director, Dublin City Gallery – home to Francis Bacon’s studio

In Sydney 5 Feb – 10 Feb

Barbara Dawson is in Sydney for the Gallery’s Francis Bacon exhibition. Barbara negotiated the transfer of Bacon’s studio from London to Dublin with John Edwards who was Bacon’s sole beneficiary. She will talk about Bacon’s studio as part of the Art After Hours program and discuss the role of food in the artist’s life and work at the Francis Bacon symposium. Over 40 cookbooks were found in Francis Bacon’s studio! A renowned gourmand, Bacon enjoyed eating and drinking and was a regular presence in London’s best restaurants as well as in the drinking dens of Soho. He lived through two world wars and witnessed severe food shortages in London during World War II.

Full symposium program

Art After Hours: Summer in Soho

Wednesdays until 9pm – free admission

Final weeks of a taste of 60s London -free talks, films and tours, and indulge in Moet & Chandon and fresh oysters at the Art Bar on the café terrace with live music. Highlights include:

  • 30 Jan 6pm David Marr on the relationship between Bacon and Patrick White
  • 6 Feb 6.30pm Bertie Blackman, musician, performs songs from Pope Innocent X and stories of the friendship between Bacon and her father, artist Charles Blackman.
  • 13 Feb 7.30pm Barbara Dawson, director Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane on Bacon’s studio.

Full program

Film series: Hitting rock bottom in post-war England

Until 17 Feb – free admission

A series of celebrated feature films exploring the shifting social dynamics of British life.

Full program

 
Sydney International Art Series

On view
17 Nov 2012 – 24 Feb 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

Admission

$20.00 adult
$15.00 concession
$12.00 member
$10.00 child (5-17 years)
$50.00 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$40.00/$30.00 season ticket
$7.00 student in booked school group
Free for children under 5

Also available
Audio guide, special packages, Sydney International Art Pass

Media contact

Claire Martin
Tel +61 2 9225 1734
Mob 0414 437 588
claire.martin@ag.nsw.gov.au