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 Past Exhibition

Deconstructing Francis Bacon

June 7–October 20, 2013

Kemper Museum

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This exhibition brings to light a “collaging of sources” in the artistic career of English painter Francis Bacon (1909–1992). It presents the recent acquisition Seated Figure, 1977 (1992) in dialogue with works by Pablo Picasso, Louise Nevelson, Tina Barney, and Romare Bearden, among others in the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition builds conceptual, formal, and social connections to offer added meaning and understanding of Bacon’s artwork and its influences.

Francis Bacon, Seated Figure 1977, 1992; etching and aquatint on paper, 64 1/2 x 47 3/4 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2012.17