Francis Bacon

Happy Birthday Francis Bacon

The Irish-born British painter was born on this day, 28 October 1909.

His paintings are deliberately uncomfortable and unpleasant. Known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery.  After the suicide of his lover, George Dyer in 1971, his work became dominated by death.

In “Triptych – August 1972”, Dyer appears on the left and Bacon on the right. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’.

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This work is on view at Gallery Art

Damien Hirst Builds Facility To House His 3,000-Work Art Collection

Damien Hirst is on a roll.

Hot on heels of the launch of his stunning private museum, Newport Street Gallery, and selling one of the most expensive artworks at Frieze, at $1.2 million, the YBA has won a planning battle to build a humongous subterranean art storage facility underneath his London home for his growing art collection.

According to the Daily Mail, when Hirst first submitted the plans for the underground extension to his $61 million mansion in north London, officials deemed it “unacceptable” due to the number of trees which would have to be felled in order to build it.

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Damien Hirst’s house in north London

Hirst pressed on, seemingly not excessively worried about the environmental impact of his plan, and finally got his way at a Westminster Council meeting on Tuesday.

Hirst bought the impressive Grade I listed property opposite Regent’s Park in 2014, becoming its first new owner in 45 years. But the mansion—considered one of the masterpieces of the British architect John Nash—hadn’t been refurbished in years, so the 50-year old artist immediately set to turn the Regency style mansion into a contemporary living haven.

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Plans for the refurbishment of Damien Hirst’s house in north London.

The 150-foot long basement has been designed to house his growing Murderme art collection, which already spans over 3,000 artworks, including pieces by heavy-hitters like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons, Banksy, and Richard Prince, as well as a large number of works by Hirst’s YBA peers, such as Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, and Angus Fairhurst (other less predictable names in the collection are Alberto Giacometti, Mario Merz, Kurt Schwitters, and Frank Auerbach).

Hirst’s museum, Newport Street Gallery, was launched earlier this month with the purpose of housing and sharing his collection with the public. But with just one exhibition taking place at a time, and lasting over six months, Hirst clearly needed more real estate to store his art treasures.

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Newport Street Gallery in London

The massive basement may be one of the biggest projects he has devised for the house, located on a 21,780-square-feet plot and boasting 19 bedrooms, but it sure isn’t the only one.

The Daily Mail reports that Purcell, the architectural firm tasked with the refurbishment, will revamp both the exterior and the interior of the mansion, turning it into one of the most grand, expensive, and desirable in the affluent area.

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View of the back of Damien Hirst’s house in north London.

What is a COA and why are they important?

Find peace in mind knowing when you shop at GallArt.com that the artwork you purchase is genuine and always comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 12.48.22 PMWhat Is a Certificate of Authenticity?

A Certificate of Authenticity is a bit like an artwork’s birth certificate, passport and quality guarantee all rolled into one.

Essentially, a COA is a document, created by the artist or someone who is an expert on the artist, which accompanies an artwork and contains all the information a collector could need to verify if the piece of art is genuine.

A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) provides a lot of concrete detail about a piece, but by existing for a particular piece, it says even more. An artwork that has a COA is one that is made by a professional practicing artist, not an amateur. It is a piece that has collectible value. The Certificate adds a tangible credibility to the work. It can help the work hold its value.

The COA is held to be an indirect promise of quality. Art pieces that have a COA have usually been made by an artist who cares about their work, its longevity and their collectors. The piece is likely to have been created from the best materials available, be designed to last and been created by an expert. Back to the concrete details, the Certificate will provide all the information on the medium(s) of the piece needed for conservation that might otherwise be lost forever.

Certificates protect the artist and the buyer by helping to prove that an artwork is original. Cheap copies sold without an artist’s knowledge or consent is unfortunately common. Without a COA attached, this situation makes it next to impossible for the buyer to be confident of the value of the piece or for the artist to maintain their credibility and their livelihood.

As an art collector, you really must only buy Fine Art pieces that are backed by a Certificate of Authenticity. This helps ensure that what you have bought at a premium is genuine and not counterfeit.

Francis Bacon Triptych – August 1972

Triptych - August 1972 (1972)

Triptych – August 1972 (1972)

Can we just admire this Francis Bacon triptych (Triptych – August, 1972) for a moment?

This work is generally considered one in a series of Black Triptychs which followed the suicide of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. Dyer appears on the left and Bacon is on the right.The central group is derived from a photograph of wrestlers by Edward Muybridge, but also suggests a more sexual encounter. The seated figures and their coupling are set against black voids and the central flurry has been seen as ‘a life-and-death struggle’. The artist’s biographer wrote: ‘What death has not already consumed seeps incontinently out of the figures as their shadows.’

See more images of the triptych here. Or you can view it live on our webcam 24/7: GallArt.com Front Camera 

Christie’s Post-War Sale Rakes In $744 Million

hree Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon, sold at Christie's for $80.8m. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon, sold at Christie’s for $80.8m. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

A sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s in New York has generated sales of $744m, with many pieces smashing their estimated values.

A pair of works by Andy Warhol – Race Riot, 1964 and White Marylin – sold for over $100m, $30m more than was expected. The latter, a portrait of Marylin Monroe, was completed shortly after her death in 1962.

Other works by Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mark Rothko all sold for tens of millions, while Francis Bacon triptych Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, portraying the painter’s close friend and the sole heir to his estate, sold for $80.8m. Last year Christie’s sold Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud for $142.4m, making it the most expensive work ever sold at auction.

Read the full article here.

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Francis Bacon Among Works Expected To Draw In 2 Billion In Sales

Sara Friedlander, Post-War and Contemporary Art expert, speaks in front of Francis Bacon's "Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards", painted in 1984, on display May 2, 2014 during a preview of the Impressionist and Modern Art sale at Christie's that will take place May 6 in New York. The painting is estimated at USD $75 million. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.

Sara Friedlander, Post-War and Contemporary Art expert, speaks in front of Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards”, painted in 1984, on display May 2, 2014 during a preview of the Impressionist and Modern Art sale at Christie’s that will take place May 6 in New York. The painting is estimated at USD $75 million. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Hype over Francis Bacon, whose work fetched a record price last year, is set to hit fever pitch when a new triptych goes under the hammer next week. Traditional auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s get into gear Tuesday and Thursday with modern and impressionist art expected to fetch a total of $1.9 billion, followed by ever more popular post-war contemporary the following week.

With greater numbers of buyers interested in works from the post-1945 era, attention once again is turning to Bacon, who’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards” (1984) will go on the block at Christie’s May 13 for an estimated $75 million. It is a portrait of Bacon’s close friend and confidant from the mid-1970s until the artist’s death in 1992. Edwards, who died in 2003, was the sole heir to Bacon’s paintings and properties. Another Bacon triptych — composed of three panels or pieces — “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for $142.4 million in New York last year, smashing the world record for the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned. That outdid the previous high of $119.9 million for Edvard Munch’s iconic “The Scream” set in May 2012. The current Bacon-mania had yet another jaw-dropping day in February when his “Portrait of George Dyer Talking” sold for a dizzying $70 million in London. The triptych about to be on the block in New York was considered among his finest works, by Bacon himself. “This particular work portraits Bacon’s most celebrated subject and really closest and most significant relationship with John Edwards,” said Christie’s postwar and contemporary specialist Sara Friedlander.

“We are anticipating wonderful results for this work.”  (via ArtDaily.com)

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