April 6, 2014
by Canadian Architect
Two giants of 20th-century British art are brought together in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in conjunction with the U.K.’s historic Ashmolean Museum, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War.
Although they were neither friends nor collaborators, painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) were contemporaries who shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle and survival in relation to the human body. Both artists survived the Second World War and were subsequently haunted by the conflict, which they represented through manifestations of the body in various states of contortion.
Drawing on the artists’ own personal experiences during the London Blitz, the exhibition examines how confinement and angst fostered their extraordinary creativity and unique visions. Guest curated by Dan Adler, associate professor of art history at York University, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work. The presentation also includes never-before-seen Moore artworks, from both the AGO collection and elsewhere. Loans for the exhibition have been secured from several institutions including MoMA, Tate Britain and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
The exhibition runs from April 5 to July 20, 2014.
For more information, please visit www.ago.net/francis-bacon-and-henry-moore
henry moore, reclining figure (1951). courtesy craig boyko, AGO.
francis bacon, study for portrait II (after the life mask of william blake), 1953, tate @ the estate of francis bacon. all rights reserved, DACS/SODRAC (2014).