Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Francis Bacon's Trash












Francis Bacon's trash sold for almost 1 million pounds. Sketches, mutilated paintings, and old check stubs (as in checks for the gas bill, etc.) that some fellow pulled from Bacon's garbage went on auction this week.

Another article by Charlotte Higgins opens with the title, "Artists' ephemera is a load of old rubbish." She continues:
Ulysses is not going to be cracked wide open because one has beheld a pair of James Joyce's spectacles. And yet that did not stop Sotheby's from auctioning them off a few years back, along with a medal he once won in a singing competition

You've gotta love those Guardian writers and their deliciously scathing honesty.

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3 comments:

Fifth said...

But you gotta admit - it would be pretty cool to see the doodles he wrote on the backs of gas bills and etc.

Narnia said...

do you love bacon or hate him? i've just borrowed a biography on him... haven't started yet.

Narnia said...

I agree. His work definitely evokes emotion. And I'll let you know how the biography is when I get around to it.