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- DescriptionLike an analyst listening to a patient, this study attends t just to what is said in David Sylvester's interviews with Francis Bacon, but also crucially to what is left unspoken, to revealing interruptions and caesuras. Through interpreting these silences, After Francis Bacon breaks with stereotypical ideas about the artist's work and provides new readings and avenues of research. After Francis Bacon is the first book to give extended consideration to the way the reception of Bacon's art, including Gilles Deleuze's influential text on the artist, has been shaped by the Sylvester interviews - and to move beyond the limiting effects of the interviews, providing fresh interpretations. Nicholas Chare draws upon recent developments in psychoanalysis and forensic psychology to present invative readings of Bacon's work, primarily based on the themes of sadomasochism and multi-sensory perception. Through bringing Bacon's paintings into dialogue with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and the film Alien, he also provides original insights into the ethical relevance the artist's works have for today. This study addresses the complexities of the artist's practice - particularly in relation to sexuality and synaesthesia - and additionally forms a crucial intervention within current debates about creative writing in art history.
- Author BiographyNicholas Chare is Associate Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Film Studies at the Universite de Montreal, Canada. His recent publications include Matters of Testimony (co-authored with Dominic Williams, 2016) and a special issue of parallax on the theme of Trans-: Across/Beyond (co-edited with Ika Willis, 2016).
- Author(s)Nicholas Chare
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/07/2012
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 6 b&w illustrations
- Weight620 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine13 mm
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