Francis Bacon Goes All Will Ferrell on Johns and Warhol

“It is such a ridiculous thing. The whole thing, it is nothing. It is just a series of a number of diagonal scratches going in different directions in red and blue.”
—Francis Bacon on Jasper Johns' False Start (1959)

"These pictures are bad. The Andy Warhols are very bad.… It is dull really. I thought it might just have some superficial excitement, but it doesn’t even have that."
—Francis Bacon on the Royal Academy's 1991 Pop exhibition and a Warhol Car Crash

Bacon's neighbor Barry Joule recorded the artist criticizing the work of Johns and Warhol and has just released the tapes.

False Start is in the Broad's Johns exhibition.

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