Love his art or loathe it; but the price it commands is phenomenal and for fans of Bacon, this is a worthy exposition to see. This acclaimed exhibition does however, shed some light on the techniques of this most mysterious and confounding of artists.
It’s a must for all budding artists in Liverpool.
‘Invisible Rooms’, the title Tate Liverpool give to the display, shows a stunning exhibition of the painters works with an extensive selection of sketches, many discovered on the floors and workstation of his South Kensington studio after his death in 1992.
This exhibition is a treasure trove of delight to meet the eyes, with sketches of boxers, wrestlers and crouching caged figures.
This is truly a working display of an artist which helps get you, to enter into the mind of Francis Bacon.
You see lists of his ideas hastily scrawled on bits of paper, covers of books, scraps of paper, all in almost illegible handwriting not unlike shopping lists, but these are the vital ingredients that give us today, a recipe for some of the greatest 20th century British figurative paintings we now know.
At first glance, these portraits look disturbing and vastly distorted but the artwork and compositions of distortion, take us beyond physical appearances and into a psychological interpretation.
Perhaps that’s why I and so many others are drawn into his world and to this exhibition that shows just how Bacon manipulated his source material, producing scenes most shocking and depraved but condensing the content, intensifying the figures and creating for them a new and unsettling platform.
Perhaps this is the mark of a genius and why so many are attracted to so much of his work.
The works make you want to look behind the canvas and interpret with your own feelings and emotions the truth that lies facing us in that portraiture which we stir wide eyed at for a few minutes. You are taken in. You are drawn into this exhibition like an addiction.
So many of the works on display give the impressions of cages around the central figures. ‘Study For A Portrait’ from 1949 gives the onlooker the idea of the Nuremberg trials, showing Nazi war criminals boxed behind glass. Emotion and high energy feelings at their highest seem to radiate from the works on display….. torture, violence, desperation, unhappiness, wretchedness all speak to the viewer as you try to unravel the mysteries and meanings behind the distortion the artist has created.
Did Bacon have a ‘heart of darkness’?
Take a trip to the Tate Liverpool and view ‘Invisible Rooms’, and see if you can unleash the answers to the stories hidden in the captured gaping mouths, silent screams of rage and grotesque distorted bodies on display in this wicked collection until September 18th.
Don’t miss viewing the popular, terrifying depiction of Velazquez’s ‘Portrait Of Pope Innocent X’, that’s if you can push to the front of the crowd of visitors who throng to see this subject sitting as if strapped to an electric chair, mouth wide open so that his scream is almost audible.
This is an extremely popular show with visitor tickets also permitting entry to Tate Liverpool’s exhibition of work by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig.
This flier goes out now as tickets for the masterly production at the venues Calderstones Mansion, Prescot Church and Sudley Hall gardens, will not last long at the box office!
With Liverpool set to have its own Northern Globe, audiences here are a magnet for all things Shakespeare.
A proposed new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre in Prescot, has recently been given the go ahead by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee, with councillors voting unanimously in support of this major development.
The whole venture is set to attract thousands of national and international visitors and students to the town and the City Region.
It also means that Prescot will once again have a playhouse at its heart-an echo of Elizabethan times when it was the only English town outside London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.
The new playhouse will stand just a few metres from the original site of the Elizabethan theatre and as well as being an exciting space to perform plays, the centre will also be a magnet for students from all over the world, hoping to study Shakespeare and his work.
It is estimated that this theatres education centre will deliver more than £10m worth of value to the local economy, as well as 210 construction jobs and 57 full-time jobs once the facility opens.
I am seriously hoping that this venture will provide enormous educational and cultural opportunities for the local people; something which in the light of recent educational comments about knowsleys attainments, will provide a valuable dimension for the youth to aspire to through the lucrative job opportunities.
On June 25th 11.30am at Prescot Church, a colleague from LJMU, the learned Scholar Elisapeth Graham will shed light on Prescot’s theatrical past, its connection to William Shakespeare and why an independent charity wants to build an authentic Elizabethan theatre and college in the town.
‘Friends’ in the Cultural world often cry for funding….. but place North or better still Northern Powerhouse infront of any bid and you will be surprised. George Osborne has pledged up to £5million to turn a council-owned carpark into a 350 seat Jacobean-style theatre and university college focusing on Shakespeare drama.
This site was once a well-known Elizabethan cock fighting pit and indoor theatre. The new designs I have seen are based on The Cockpit in Whitehall drawn up in 1629 by Indigo Jones and look fantastic.
Already Dame Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Kim Cattrall and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Sir Paul McCartney and the Prime Minister David Cameron have supported the new project calling it an ‘excellent proposal’.
So, on Saturday 4th and 11th June, journey deep into the forest of Arden with the award winning MATE Productions team for a sample of the bard’s offerings in the play ‘As You Like It’.
For, in this hilarious and magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy, you will see the cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears-and surrender to romance.
With original live music, country dancing, stunning design and hilarious performances this promises to be a real summer treat for all the family.
Tickets £12 adults, £8 children
More information on 0151 426 4979 or online http://www.mateproductions.co.uk