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Francis Bacon: Personnage

I’m Hyperallergic to Francis Bacon.

I never thought highly of Bacon, a one-trick pony who could have gone so much  further. This painting doesn’t differ that much from his other work. It has the shading and transparency of Bacon’s style, is equally unpleasant, yet looser because incomplete.  Bacon didn’t like it, so he gave the canvas to a painter friend to wipe out and paint over with his own work.  His friend kept the work instead, and now it’s up for auction.   Since the value of art is made of reputation and marketing,  this painting will go on to sell for $6 million, even though he wanted it destroyed. (click on the image to enlarge).


Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn, installation view, Serpentine Galleries (© 2019 Luchita Hurtado, photo by Hugo Glendinning)

Luchita Hurtado.  The 98 year oldVenezuelan-born American artist Luchita Hurtado’s show at Serpentine is being sold on her age, age is now a brand, a category of art identity. In 1986 she was even invited to be one of the Guerrilla Girls. All of which is impressive but her work is more so, she is brilliant.

Painting requires a special relationship with the visual cortex. Hurtado has it, d she’s a master of  non-verbal visual language; this show worth seeing.


Activists Crash Private Party at the Museum of Modern Art to Demand Prison Divestment.

Activists crash private party at the Museum of Modern Art to demand prison divestment.

The protesters gathered outside the museum to call on MoMA and its board member Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, to divest themselves from private prison companies.

Some issues are so serious we must act on them, private prisons and slavery  fall in that category. One thing that concerns us with activism is mob mentality, so this moment can serve as a look at the negative and positive sides of activism. In this case activism is a good move.  The elite must answer to the people or their cocktail party might get crashed.


Artist Pravin Mishra Files Defamation Lawsuit Against His Sexual Assault Accuser in India

Artist Pravin Mishra files defamation lawsuit against his sexual assault accuser in India

Pravin Mishra has filed civil defamation charges against an independent journalist, following a number of similar suits as the #MeToo movement grows in India.

The #MeToo movement is changing our social awareness by spotlighting abusive behavior, that till now was protected by tradition, wealth and influence.  As a consequence in the future those tempted by bad behavior will know they’ll be exposed for it sooner or later.  At the same time we’ve also seen false accusations; we need wait how this plays out in court.


Cezanne’s Bathers

Paul Chan’s ‘Odysseus and the Bathers’ at Greene Naftali in NYC.  The sculptures recreate Cezanne and Picasso. 

Cezanne’s Bathers: Blake Gopnik

Art historian and critic Barbara Rose complains of ignorant and lazy artists whose thinking stops at the idea of putting a found object in a museum.  Nor does it have to be a found object, an artist can be simply lazy or lack personal vision and do a bad job of anything.

Those who think this is art… suffer a metacognitive insensitivity… to the complex iterations of non-verbal languages that inform us of shades and subtleties, that tell us what is valuable and what is not. – video credit: Blake Gopnik


Old School Tech

David Fisher is in Collingwood, Ontario: “A portable piece of entertainment technology that has lasted 50 years. No upgrades, no compatibility issues… doesn’t even require overnight charging.”

I’m a painter. It doesn’t help that the auto-focus in my paintbrush is busted. I’ve also upgraded to colour corrective apps built directly into the canvas. Yes. It does make for a bulky battery pack on the back of the stretcher, but that’s the price of creativity. I’m now saving up for that paint which does the painting for you; it contains nano-particles that read your mind and find their correct place on the canvas.  Basically  all you have to do is pour the paint on the canvas and sign the finished product. That leaves the artist to concentrate on his or her vocation, which for the most part is marketing, hand shaking, networking. It takes professional marketing to make an artist.

Volume 34 no 3 January – February 2020 pp 17-18

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Derek Guthrie
25/02/2020 4:55 am

I think Francis Bacon is a great painter and produced images of the horror of our times.

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