Endless Variations is a joint exhibition by 2 of the most important artists of the 20th century – the Irish-born British figurative painter Francis Bacon and the American visual artist Andy Warhol, which explores the artists' shared interests and influences - each central to defining the art of their generation particularly their use of color, love of photography and the serialization of images.
Although both Bacon and Warhol were aware of each other's work, they belonged to different generations of artists. Warhol was at the heart of the young Pop Art movement, whose members were regarded almost as celebrities, while Bacon and his contemporaries remained loyal to portraiture and oil paintings, which Warhol and his colleagues admired but considered somewhat outdated. Nonetheless, both artists ran counter to the Abstract Expressionist trend that had dominated Western painting since the 1950s.
At the heart of the exhibition are 7 paintings: 4 by Bacon and 3 by Warhol, including 2 works based on portraits taken in a photo booth; Warhol’s first seminal Self-Portrait, 1963–1964, which featured on the cover of the catalogue for the major Warhol retrospective at MoMA, New York, and the Pompidou Centre, Paris, in 1989–90, and Francis Bacon’s Four Studies for a Self-Portrait, 1967, which was shown at the artist’s legendary retrospective at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 1971. Also based on a series of photographic portraits is Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground), 1964, which was also included in the Paris retrospective.
Francis Bacon & Andy Warhol - << Endless Variations >>
Date: 3 Oct – 15 Dec 2023
Gallery: Ordovas Gallery
Address: 25 Savile Row, W1S 2ER, London, UK