Classical: Bringing home Bacon

Fractured Lives: Mark-Anthony Turnage

Books: Another side to Francis Bacon

False contender to the Shakespearean throne, or New Labour networker? Jonathan Bate reports; Hostage to Fortune: the troubled life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 by Lisa Jardine and Alan Stewart Gollancz, pounds 25

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As a `Vintage' David Bailey exhibition opens in London, Richard D North focuses on the man and his images

Exhibitions: How to freeze the human body

A mood of sombre, rather tedious repetition pervades the new retrospect ive of Francis Bacon's figure paintings

Visual Arts: Francis Bacon: the man who put the pain into painting?

Oh-oh, it's that man again. Mad Frankie's back in town. But what, asks our Art Critic, does he look like this time round?

A short stay in... Stockholm

It's no surprise that Sweden's leading city is 1998's Cultural Capital of Europe, writes Gareth Lloyd. With the snow comes sunshine and cosy jazz cafes, idyllic islands, Viking longboats, avant-garde art, shoals of fish restaurants and vats of strong liquor

Obituary: Daniel Farson

Daniel Negley Farson, photographer, broadcaster and writer: born 8 January 1927; died 27 November 1997.

Letter: Early Baconians

Sir: The most effective form of censorship is for the orthodox believer to label heretics as snobs, self-advertisers, or lunatics. Shakespeare is such a sacred myth in England that all discussion of the authorship is habitually killed in this manner. Thus Terry Eagleton cannot resist the tired old jibes at "Looney" Oxfordians and mad Baconians called Bacon in his review of The Genius of Shakespeare (1 November).

Interview: `I may be no artist ... but I know what I like'

Chris Eubank has taken to painting. Or, rather, his artist in residence has taken to painting what he commissions. Meg Carter went to view the photo-realist montages at the boxer's mock-Tudor pile.

Obituary: Jeffrey Bernard

Jeffrey Bernard was his own Boswell. From 1976, when he was taken on at the Spectator by Alexander Chancellor, he wrote in hundreds of columns, week after week, ostensibly about low life in Soho and on the racecourse: but all the time he was writing about himself. He had the rare gift of making the reader, once he had begun a column, want to go on to the end. And his writing was funny.

A cigarette, a fond farewell and Jeffrey Bernard takes his leave

Jeffrey Bernard is no longer unwell. The man who proudly lived as London's most disreputable wit has finally died, aged 65. Famed for a lifetime of reckless excess, he succumbed to one of the many illnesses which had ravaged him for years.

Cookson saves art gallery

The writer Dame Catherine Cookson has saved the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle from closure, the day after a decision was made to withdraw its funding.

Closure of art gallery 'a cultural crime'

University chiefs at Newcastle University were meeting last night to discuss whether to close the Hatton Gallery, a move condemned by lecturers and art historians as a cultural crime.


BLIMEY! From Bohemia to Britpop: The London Art World from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst by Matthew Collings, published by 21 at pounds 19.95

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