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"Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition"
1999-08-22 until 1999-10-24
Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX,
USA United States of America
Organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions in Washington, D.C.
and guest curated by Dr. Dennis Farr, former Director of The Courtauld
Institute Galleries, London, this retrospective constitutes the first major
comprehensive exhibition of Francis Bacons work in the United States since
the artists death in 1992. British painter Francis Bacon defies neat
categorization, both as a man and as an artist. Throughout his life Bacon
perceived himself as, and propagated the image of, an outsider. Unlike
previous retrospectives, this exhibition offers an in-depth view of the
development of Bacons imagery and of his growth as an artist and human
being. Francis Bacon: A Retrospective Exhibition examines the increasing
popularity of this self-taught artists works, from the early post-cubist
pieces, through the crucifixion, papal and portraiture series of his later
years. Approximately fifty significant paintings from collections in
Europe and the United States are showcased in this special exhibition.
Seen within the context of this chronological scholarly exhibition, the
importance and impact of Bacon on modern art is clarified and more fully
explored than it has been in the past thirty years. This exhibition is
supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the