This symposium is presented as a stage in the joint project between the History of Art Department, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane.
The painter Francis Bacon had a voracious interest in books, and his range of interests is evident in the substantial collection he amassed. The personal library of an artist is widely recognised as an invaluable resource for understanding their work, and there is ample evidence that this was the case for Bacon. His studio was piled with books, and littered with loose leaves torn from them for reference. Evidence indicates that he plundered these for ideas and forms, both from the images and text, liberally interpreting them for his own purposes.
The purpose of this call for papers is to invite scholars to present new research on the connections between Baconís art and his interest in books.
Applicants for the symposium should send an abstract of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes, along with an academic curriculum vitae or rťsumť, to: Yvonne Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barbara Dawson (email@example.com) by Friday, August 17th, 2012. For further information see:
For general queries about the symposium, contact Dr Monika Keska: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baconís Book Project details: http://www.tcd.ie/History_of_Art/research/centres/triarc/bacon.php
Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane,
Parnell Square North
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