Francis Bacon

Late Paintings, the historic Francis Bacon exhibition at Gagosian Gallery New York, is the first to focus on Bacon’s late work from 1978 to 1992, the year of his death. His choice of experimental mediums and use of bright colors during this period are reflected in the catalogue by Goto Design. Spray paint-splattered bits of paper, details of sand, dust, and paint-smudged photographs from his studio are used as design elements creating an edginess that contrasts with the lavender endpapers and use of pink to open the Plates section in this hardcover edition. Gatefolds are used reproduce his triptychs to maximum effect and Bacon’s transition from autobiographical to classical references is illustrated with reproductions of torn, crumpled photographs and clippings used as references linked to their corresponding portraits, landscapes, and abstractions.