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A body of British art
We’ve got three reasons you’ll want to check out Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty, on now at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario through July 20. One: Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud triptych was bought for $142 million at Christie’s New York in November, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Two: the purchase of Moore’s abstract The Archer for TO’s Nathan Philips Square is often cited as the reason Philip Givens didn’t win reelection as the city’s mayor in 1966. Three: Margaret Thatcher described the Irish-born Brit painter as “that man who paints those dreadful pictures.” Bacon (1909-1992) and British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) weren’t ever collaborators, but both survived WWII and were obsessed with conflict, violence and trauma. Organized in conjunction with the UK’s Ashmolean Museum, the exhibit features 130 paintings, sculptures and other works of the body in various states of contortion. Adults $25 (which includes general museum admission); kids 6 to 17 $16.50. tel: (877) 225-4246; ago.net.
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