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Francis Bacon

Critical and Theoretical Perspectives

Edited By Rina Arya

This collection of essays on Francis Bacon (1909-1992) pays tribute to the legacy, influence and power of his art. The volume widens the relevance of Bacon in the twenty-first century and looks at new ways of thinking about or reframing him. The contributors consider the interdisciplinary scope of Bacon’s work, which addresses issues in architecture, continental philosophy, critical theory, gender studies and the sociology of the body, among others. Bacon’s work is also considered in relation to other artists, philosophers and writers who share similar concerns. The innovation of the volume lies in this move away from both an art historical framework and a focus on the artist’s biographical details, in order to concentrate on new perspectives, such as how current scholars in different disciplines consider Bacon, what his relevance is to a contemporary audience, and the wider themes and issues that are raised by his work.


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Acknowledgements vii Rina Arya Introduction 1 Stephen Turk Francis Bacon, Video Games and the Fragmented Architectural Body 11 John G. Hatch Seeing and Seen: Acts of the Voyeur in the Works of Francis Bacon 35 Peter Jones Bacon and Bataille 49 Rina Arya The Existential Dimensions of Bacon’s Art 81 Nicholas Chare Wrestling with the Archive: Saving Barry Joule’s Bacon 103 Martin Hammer Contradiction and Continuity in the Art of Francis Bacon 121 Darren Ambrose Deleuze’s Bacon: Automatism and the Pictorial Fact 169 Notes on Contributors 195 Index 199

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