Well, this certainly has been an interesting month, with the graduation exhibition done and the trip to Sydney come and gone - how quickly it all went.
FRANCIS BACON - The Gallery of NSW certainly has produced time and time again for me, and this recent body of works was exceptional.
Francis Bacon is a towering figure of 20th-century art. His paintings are gutsy, controversial and unforgettable. With painful beauty Bacon lays bare the struggles of the human condition. (http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/francis-bacon/)
Starting with Bacon's work from the 40's onwards, I was amazed at how uncontrolled his studio was as opposed to his works over the decades. Even in the earlier works, you see the lines and forms are well composed - there is a unity in the 'chaos' of colour and visceral texture\form. All of his work is behind glass, and although some might say this is a disadvantage, the wonder of being able to get very close to his works, makes the glass necessary.
The control of technique and method improves through the decades, with this earlier work seeming frenetic and looking less thought out. Chaos seemed more important than the 'dialogue' in the earlier works (you are able to enjoy with the works from the 60's onwards.
I took a trip to the end of the exhibition and worked my way back to his earlier works, and for me, this showed more like an unraveling - an evolution of his life and art. Of course, this is the way, I can't imagine any artist having not evolved by the end of their lives style wise, otherwise what would it all be for? Bacon's later work was brighter in colour, controlled in form, and even in the triptychs and portraiture, Bacon is present... no matter who sits for him, the personality of the painter is as strong as the sitter. Perhaps that's what I love the most about modern portraiture...
Another gem - William Kentridge's works are also on exhibition at the gallery... excellent!
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