"Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" Tate Britain, London.
FIELD NOTES: Hugh M. Davies is the next lecturer at the UNLV Visiting Artist Series. The contemporary and modern art scholar, and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is also a leading authority on British painter Francis Bacon (1909–1992), the 20th Century British painter known for his raw graphic form of portraits that are blurred disturbance of souls . . . Materials: Bacon’s experimentation with medium and materials included aerosol, giving the art a symbolic connection to graffiti beyond the twisted angst . . . Davies’ knowledge of Bacon is not just interpretation of the work, but as a direct witness to the artists’ process and personality. Hugh Davies: UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series is Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m., free and open to the public.
ON SITE: The current exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is New York Artist Jack Whitten, whose work has made a transition into this century. “Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting” runs through January 4. “Carrying the tradition of Abstract Expressionism through the decades, he brings to it his own brand of technical innovation and social allusion,” wrote Jennifer Coates on Whitten for Art in America.
OLDER NOTE: Hugh Davies on his “community-engaging public protest of China’s imprisonment of artist Ai Weiwei” at Modern Art Notes.