Francis Bacon’s Private Wrestling Match

Bacon Muybridge gif

I made this GIF when I was bored, hoping there would be space and scope to include it in a presentation I gave, but alas, I do not think it would have been appreciated….so I have just left it here. If you can’t tell, it is a combination of a Francis Bacon painting and a print by Eadweard Muybridge.

On 3rd March 2016 I spoke on the coded image of wrestling. I talked about wrestling as a practice and where it slotted into society in 1950s Britain while trying to link it to Francis Bacon’s canvases Two Figures (1953), above, and Two Figures in the Grass (1954).

This research came off the back of an event I organised for the ICA in May 2015, ‘Wrestling with Bacon’ and conversations I have had with many people including Anthony Schrag.

An abstract of my paper can be found on the University of the Arts London website and if there is an legacy from the conference (a recording or video) I will be sure to publish it somewhere.

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