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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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abjection 7, 27, 32, 68–70, 156 accident and chance, role in Bacon’s work 9, 137, 139, 142, 144–5, 161, 170, 172, 175, 176–7, 178, 180, 182–5 Ades, Dawn 5, 7, 40, 50, 53, 55 Aeschylus 130, 189 Oresteia 145, 191 af fective vision 16, 17, 18, 30, 31, 32, 33 Alberti, De Pictura 13, 14 Alley, Ronald 1 Alloway, Lawrence, ‘“Pop Art” since 1949’ 97, 100 Alphen, Ernst Van see Van Alphen, Ernst animal, man-animal proximity 7, 64–5, 67, 96–7, 124 Anzieu, Didier 28 architectural discourse and theory ‘bodies’ of architecture 19–26 Deleuze and Bacon 5, 6, 11–13, 16–18, 19–21, 31–3 architecture Bataille and Bacon 71–4 and popular entertainment 19, 20 relationship with painting 12–14, 15, 17 use of digital technology 20–4 Artaud, Anton 53 Arya, Rina 3 Auerbach, Frank 55 automatism 10, 142, 145, 172, 175, 178–80 Bacon, Francis the act of painting 43 on art and artists 41, 121, 165 critical and cultural thinker 3 on his own work 129, 134–5, 175, 186, 188–9 self-critical compulsion 164–5 self-generated mythology 169–70 see also Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (Deleuze) Bacon, Francis, the art of 2–5, 81–3, 125 as ‘action painter’ 141–2 af finities to popular culture 20, 32, 39–40, 44, 100 base materialism 95, 100 critical response and interpretation 4, 50, 77–8, 123, 158 cultural background 131–3 death 59, 87, 100 impact on...

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