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Rebecca Wei Out as Christie’s Asia Chair After 8 Months

August 20th, 2019

Rebecca Wei has resigned just eight months after being named Asia chairman of auctioneers Christie’s.  “I am immensely proud of the growth that has been achieved during my time with Christie’s, in regional sales as well as Asian contribution to Christie’s global revenue,” she said in a statement. “We are well positioned to further expand and serve collectors in the region in the years ahead.”


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Lynda Benglis Interviewed in NYT

August 19th, 2019

Lynda Benglis gets a profile in the NYT, as she gives the paper a tour of her New Mexico studio, and talks about her process. “My mind is always working with ideas but sometimes they pop and quickly disappear,” she says. “I have to wait until the idea crystallizes again before I go back to working. Otherwise, I have no reason to work.”
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Betty Sue Hertz to Head Up Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

August 19th, 2019

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery has tapped Betti-Sue Hertz as its new director and chief curator. “I think we absolutely need to be part of that ecology and playing a leadership role in the Upper Manhattan community,” she said. 
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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, image via National Galleries

b. 1909 in Dublin, died 1992 in Madrid

Bacon was considered a modern artist but did not belong to any particular art movement. He developed his own style of work, often creating scenes involving violence or sexuality.

Bacon is an Irish born painter, who is best known for his nightmarish, grotesque imagery.  He lived a tumulus life, constantly moving, being shuffled around to relatives, a strained relationship with his father, menial jobs, and a severe case of asthma and a violent allergy to dogs and horses.  He was never formally trained or attended any art schools.  

His medical conditions caused him to purchase a medical book on the subject matter diseases of the mouth, which contained images that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Bacon noted that the 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin, was highly influential on his work.

His first show was in 1929, which exhibited his rugs and furniture he had created while working as an interior designer.  His later works were an abstraction of the human form. 


Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) via Tate Collection

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) would be the first forerunner of Bacon’s works that would take the triptych format.   Three panels placed behind heavily gilded frames, an open mouth a reference to the The Battleship Potemkin, and the use of distortion.  

Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent

Study After Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent image via Art Quotes

Bacon also became interested in Diego Velasquez’s work, particularly, his Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1650. Bacon painted a series of Popes, however his version the Pope was more gruesome and nightmarish.


Triptych (1972) via Tate Collection

Bacon destroyed his previous works he did not deem worthy, many ending up with slashed canvases. His relationship with Eastender George Dyer influenced his Triptych (1973), which documents Dyer’s suicide, and would continue to be a theme for his works for the rest of his life. 

Bacon died of a heart attack April 28, 1992 while in Madrid, Spain.