Hiding in plain sight

Thinking of Francis Bacon’s paintings as constantly touching on and circling around what can and cannot be shown, what can and can’t be revealed, opens a different perspective on the artist’s shifting, fugitive representation of the human body. Rather than be explicit in works only shown in private, Bacon was hinting and suggesting in public – a different kind of risk at a time when gay men faced social stigma and criminal punishment.

My review of Couplings, the show of Francis Bacon paintings at Gagosian London, for ArtReview. Read here

Damien Hirst’s Complete Spot Paintings at Gagosian

“I’ve got a game on my phone which consists of a grid of randomly coloured spots. It looks a bit like one of Damien Hirst’s many spot paintings. But at least with the game on my phone, if you get a row of the same colour, the spots go away…”

My review of Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings extravaganza just up on Time Out…

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011