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The art of Neil Dallas Brown, 1938–2003

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Apocalypse (Homage to Tangerine Dream) (1981). It’s not every day you find a painting dedicated to the doyens of German electronica. This and other works by Scottish artist Neil Douglas Brown are in public galleries in Britain which means they’re also online at the BBC’s Your Paintings site. The pictures that combine nebulous figures, blank […]

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Polaroids

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I was given a Polaroid Instant Camera some years ago, not the cult SX-70, a later model. I still have it somewhere but never used it very much. The film cartridges were still available in shops, but at around £1 a shot Polaroids always seemed like a costly indulgence unless you had some specific use […]

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Weekend links 235

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Shadows (1974) by Pawel Nolbert & Lukasz Murgrabia, one of three images recreating Francis Bacon’s Triptych–August 1972. • Breaking the Code (1996), a BBC film by Herbert Wise based on Hugh Whitemore’s stage play about Alan Turing. Wise’s film has been linked here before but it’s relevant again thanks to the release of The Imitation Game. […]

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Portrait

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Portrait (2014), a short video piece by Milkyeyes (Donato Sansone) which Francis Bacon might appreciate.

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The Dream Machine

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This is a 35-minute anthology film from 1986 with a very painterly, poetic (for want of a better term) quality of a kind I’ve not seen for some time in queer cinema. The reasons for this can be debated at greater length than I care to attempt, but it’s notable that a feature of the […]

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Weekend links 160

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Collage by Jeneleen Floyd. • “…slowly, block-by-block, pedestrians are starting to take back the streets.” Wayne Curtis on the hazards of being a pedestrian in a world of cars. • Michael Hann looks back at LA’s Paisley Underground, and also talks to some of its key members. • Meighan O’Toole interviews JL Schnabel about her […]

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Witkinesque

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Arriving in the post this week, a Christmas gift from Supervert, a chapbook featuring a new piece of writing that purports to be the unauthorised biography of American artist/photographer Joel-Peter Witkin. The premise is that the facts of the real Witkin’s life are far too mundane to account for his extraordinary photo tableaux so Supervert […]

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Burroughs: The Movie revisited

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Photo by Kate Simon. Howard Brookner’s 86-minute documentary Burroughs: The Movie (1983) has been mentioned here on several occasions, and with good reason since it’s the best film anyone has made or will make about William Burroughs and the Beat circle he emerged from in the 1950s. Brookner’s documentary is a model film biography, opening with […]

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The art of Jim Leon, 1938–2002

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Psychopathia Sexualis (1967). This, dear friends, is what the art of the fantastic could give us but rarely does, something which combines the metaphysical intensity of the Symbolists with a post-Freudian sensibility to create what Philip José Farmer once called “the pornography of the weird”. Jim Leon was a British artist whose work gained prominence […]

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Francis Bacon’s private wrestling sessions

Francis Bacon’s private wrestling sessions | Previously unseen images of wrestlers made in Bacon’s studio demonstrate the artist’s love of the visceral.

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Bacon Agonistes

Bacon Agonistes | John Richardson on Francis Bacon.

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Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon

Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon

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If Paintings Had Voices, Francis Bacon’s Would Shriek

If Paintings Had Voices, Francis Bacon’s Would Shriek | A centenary retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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A mind on fire

A mind on fire | Jonathan Jones on Francis Bacon.

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Two steps forward, one step back

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My apologies to any visitors arriving here during the past week to find the site down. What should have been a straightforward upgrading of the hosting service became overly-extended due to compounded misunderstanding and poor communication. It didn’t help that I was also extremely busy catching up with work after the long bank holiday weekend. […]

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The power and the passion

The power and the passion | Francis Bacon.

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Entr’acte by René Clair

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One of the best—and most entertaining—films to come out of the Dada/Surrealist period, Entr’acte (1924) is also worth watching for the appearance of notable figures such as Francis Picabia (who initiated the project), Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Erik Satie. This extraordinary early film from director René Clair was originally made to fill an interval […]

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The gay artists archive

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Previous posts about gay or homoerotic art or artists. A personal and idiosyncratic selection, this isn’t meant to be definitive. • The art of Paul Thévenaz, 1891–1921 • The art of Peter Knoch • The art of Tatsuji Okawa, 1904–1994 • The art of Willem Arondeus, 1894–1943 • The art of Nicholas Tolmachev • The […]

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Sex at the Barbican

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Still from Blowjob by Andy Warhol (1963). Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now opens today at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, and runs until 27 January 2008. Seduced explores the representation of sex in art through the ages. Featuring over 300 works spanning 2000 years, it brings together Roman sculptures, Indian manuscripts, Japanese […]

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My pastiches

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Lord Horror: Reverbstorm #3 (1992). Following from the post about an art forgery exhibition (and Eddie Campbell discussing his American Gothic cover for Bacchus), I thought I’d post some of my own forgeries, or pastiches as we call them when no deception is intended. Reverbstorm was the Lord Horror comic series I was creating with […]

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