Wednesday, June 08, 2011


You would think, wouldn’t you, that there are some artists whose work defies even the most eager marketers’ efforts to develop it into commercial products. Of all that resistant band, Francis Bacon would certainly have to be up there. Not a man to revel in fashion or care whether or not (not) he was a good role model, you could imagine Bacon to be quick to stamp out any attempts to use his signature style on low-rent trinkets and souvenirs. Well, tough luck Francis, you’re dead and you’ve got no say in the matter. 

Just opened is the Francis Bacon Shop, the official store of the estate of Francis Bacon. Ts, ties and other nick-knacks or, as the estate puts it, “beautiful design with premier craftsmanship … based upon images, documents and photographs from the artist’s studio” to clutter museum stores around the world. Move over Monet, Franky’s back in town.
Image: early adopter wearing the Bacon