Took the Oxford Tube into London today. The Oxford Tube is not, as you might expect from the name, a subway line - it's a bus. An English double-decker bus, no less, and I scored the front seat up top, where I had the bestest view. Got out at Victoria Station and walked down towards the Thames and the Tate Britain, because they had BACON!!!!!! Francis Bacon, that is.
I'd seen some of his paintings before, and really wanted to check out this exhibit. Well, that, and it's BACON!!!!!!!
This was a great exhibit - a retrospective of Bacon's entire career, sorted into different overarching themes, and explained and annotated well. I especially liked his earlier works, where the figures are shadowy and obscure, and some of the paint looks like it has run in the rain, and then his very late triptychs, and especially the set of three self-portraits:
(I didn't take this picture - it's from an AFP news story that says that these Francis Bacon self-portraits failed to sell at a New York auction just a few days ago.) Don't ask me how paintings exhibited in London can be on auction in New York. Maybe Bacon did several sets of this? I dunno. I just wanted to say his name again anyway. Bacon Bacon BACON!!!