my wife is into genealogy, tracing her roots all the way back to the basque region of spain. what has that got to do with this blog on francis bacon? well i have been fascinated by a few artists like basquiat, heirst, klee etc in this happy passion of mine called painting. so in reading up some of their bios, i would encounter bar none, a section on who their favorite (or one that influenced them) in their art. it got me thinking, like the chart my wife does with her learning exercise, there is an entire genealogical tree that you can trace back and interlink the network. this is an exercise of that - basquiat and heirst points to bacon. i wonder who i will find in understanding bacon, the artist?
to paraphrase what i read earlier, be more interested in the artist and not the art, that is, if you want to be one. can't recall where and who but it lingers.
damien hirst shows in tate for a mid career retrospective. i find him a good study in understanding the mind, magic and motivation of a modern artist. he is both polarising and enigmatic with the choices he has made - specifically on how he has done and why he does art.
here's a nod to his showmanship, not necessarily to the body of work at display. modern day snakes oil salesmen. love 'em!
How appropriate. A fool's joke. I stumbled upon my old - very old- blog spot at blogger. In salute to that failed habit... I begin now as I begun then. : where do you start? and when do you begin? it does'nt really matter for as long as you do: