Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bacon scraps

While we’re on a Clairmont jag, here’s a book that would have been sent straight to his studio bookshelf if it had been published in the late seventies. Francis Bacon’s collections of paint-smeared, beaten-up photographs, ripped articles and newsprint images influenced a generation of students at art school and far into their careers. Now all this tattered, grubby, fragile, besmirched imagery is available in the high-end coffee table book Incunabula from Thames & Hudson. Gentrification by publication.