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.
First 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. 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.
Although Francis Bacon’s homosexuality has been widely discussed through his portraits, male nudes and figures on beds that provide great detail about his male companions and his consuming masochistic psyche, far less attention has been paid to the women that played an instrumental role in Bacon’s life and were central to his development, his muses who nurtured, inspired and developed his talents.
One of these was Henrietta Moraes, interviewed in my film ‚Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ – Francis Bacon’s most frequent female subject, painted no less than twenty three times. The interviews with Henrietta, filmed at the Marlborough Gallery in London, offer us great insight into the working methods of the painter as well as the nature of his relationships to women.
Surprisingly to many, Bacon painted more female than male nudes and his depiction of women and merging of genders is unique in the canon of male painters of his time.
The film was part of 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.
First held at the Courtauld Insitute London as part of the MA Curating Programme this seminar and screening of my film ‘Bacon in Paris’, that accompanies the critic and curator David Sylvester at the Centre Pompidou in the last days of hanging the Bacon Retrospective, explores the role of the critic and curator in establishing, forming, and preserving the artist’s legacy.
‘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