George Condo Takes a Walk Through "Bacon's Women"
There is nothing better than hearing an artist talk about another artist, walking through their exhibition, noting what they love and what comes to mind. It's rare, but so important to see. Filmmakers Elizabeth Woodward and Oresti Tsonopoulos shot George Condo walking through the Francis Bacon exhibition, Bacon’s Women, with Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, and Pilar Ordovas, Founder of Ordovas (where the show is located). It's a brilliant 4 minutes, one where you see one of Juxtapoz all-time favorite painters, Condo, discussing one of the legends of figurative painting of the 20th Century in an intimate, thoughtful way.
A little more information:
On the evening after Ordovas opened Bacon’s Women in New York, American painter George Condo walked through the exhibition with Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, and Pilar Ordovas, Founder of Ordovas. This informal conversation, between three friends who know Bacon’s work intimately, centers on portraiture and the powerful, sometimes rebellious nature of his paintings.
Bacon’s Women is the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Francis Bacon’s female sitters. The artist was famous for painting the men in his life, and for his relationships with Peter Lacy, George Dyer and John Edwards. What has never been examined before in great detail, is that Bacon was equally engaged with women, many of whom he had much longer-lasting relationships with. Throughout his chaotic life, women acted as caretakers, models and muses and were an ever-present force. In the decadent world of post-war Soho, Bacon encountered Muriel Belcher, Henrietta Moraes and Isabel Rawsthorne, all of whom he loved to paint. Together, these three women are the subject of 46 paintings, among which are some of the most tender and intimate works that Bacon even painted.
Film by: Elizabeth Woodward and Oresti Tsonopoulos
Exhibition by: Ordovas
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