In 2018 Martha opened MPHQ Project Space, London I Cologne, combining her interests and networks from London and Cologne and exhibiting established mid-career artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, cinema and video.
Through collaborations with artists and curators, MPHQ presents artists and projects that explore the cross-over and overlap of cultures and artistic disciplines in an ongoing dialogue about what engages artists working today. Check out the gallery website here.
Held at the Technical University of Cologne, after my participation in the exhibition ‘Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York, this seminar explores the pivotal role women played in Francis Bacon’s painting, his development as a painter and as an inspiration for his work.
Although Francis Bacon’s figures on beds, male nudes and large triptychs of his male companions have been widely written about, far less attention has been paid to the women that played an instrumental role in Bacon’s life and were central to his development. Bacon painted more female than male nudes and his depiction of women and the merging of genders is unique in the canon of male painters of his time.
From female dealers, drinking companions and close female friends, Bacon surrounded himself with strong women— replacements for the mother who had been callously indifferent to her son’s brutal beatings.
Henrietta Moraes, interviewed in my film ‚Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ – was Francis Bacon’s most frequent female subject, painted no less than twenty three times. The interview with Henrietta, filmed at the Marlborough Gallery in London, offers great insight into the working methods of the painter as well as the nature of his relationships to women.
‚Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ has been included in the Francis Bacon Retropectives at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Haus der Kunst Munich, the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon; The Human Body’ at the Hayward Gallery London and in the exhibition ‚Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York- the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Francis Bacon’s female subjects.
Held at the Courtauld Insitute London, as part of the MA Curating Programme, this seminar, accompanied by the screening of my film ‘Bacon in Paris’, explores the role of the critic and curator in establishing, forming, and preserving the artist’s legacy.
Filmed in collaboration with David Sylvester, ‘Bacon in Paris’ is a short film that accompanies the critic and curator David Sylvester at the Centre Pompidou in the last days of hanging the Bacon Retrospective. Previously unpublished conversations between Francis Bacon and David Sylvester narrate the hanging of the show offering the viewer an exclusive insight into the workings of the painter, his psyche and forms a final and poignant posthumous conversation.
‘Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York, including my film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’. An exhibition of Bacon’s paintings of Henrietta Moraes, Isabel Rawsthorne and Muriel Belcher. The exhibition includes three short films and the original photographs of John Deakin and Irving Penn @ Ordovas Gallery, 9 East 77th Street, NY.
Stash Gallery @ Vout-O-Reenee’s private members club, for more info click here.
‘The Likes of Us’. Martha Parsey.
A collection of small work by members as a mixed show of Vouts and very exciting it is too from Andrew Logan to Paul Benney and Roxana Halls and Geraldine Swayne – its small but it punches above its bra size! Opening Thursday 30th November 5:30-11:00pm.
Exhibition and auction raising funds for the Grenfell Tower Community with work by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Patrick Hughes, Bob & Roberta Smith, Brian Eno, Sarah Lucas, Cedric Christie, Pure Evil, DNA Factory…me, and many more. Your bid goes to help survivors of Grenfell Tower, so get down to Vout-O-Reenee’s in Whitechapel. For more information, click here.
Co-directed and produced documentary film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ 1993. Screened at the ICA, Centre Pompidou Paris and Haus der Kunst Munich.
Meeting Francis Bacon in London in the Sixties, Henrietta Moraes became his most frequent female subject in both portraits and as the model for his larger works. Filmed during the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, London, Henrietta recalls her impression of the artist. Intercut with archive footage of Bacon in interview, these interviews form a final dialogue between artist and model.
Andrew Lambirth’s collection on view at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, including my painting ‘Gainsborough Girls’ and the polymer gravure, made for this exhibition. Exhibition with Allan Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Augustus John, Leon Kossoff, Walter Sickert and Maggie Hambling. Running till October.
Responding to the huge scale of the gallery Jarmuschek and Partner, (a former warehouse situated at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin), we are showing my largest work to date: a nine-part polyptych over twelve metres long stretching through the Halle am Wasser, Berlin.
Appeared in the film ‘Lumen de Lumine’ 2001 screened at Atlantis Gallery, London, Tshingh University Beijing, Complesso del Vittoriano Rome, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Gulbenkian Gallery Lisbon, and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centre NY.
Shot on location in Particle Accelerator Number One, CERN, Geneva. Lumen de Lumine is a meditation on solitude. A motion picture playing with quantum theory, the nature of light and near-miss particle collisions.
Lumen de Lumine
Director Ken McMullen, 2001
Cast- Martha Parsey