Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies

Hugh M. Davies has served since 1983 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, museum with dual facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, and an international reputation for its exhibitions, programs, and permanent collection.

Davies has written or contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogues over the years and is recognized internationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art. His professional activities include his appointment as Adjunct Professor, Department of Visual Art, University of California, San Diego; service on the National Endowment for the Art Museum Program Overview Panel; the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions; Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies, 2000 Millennium Committee, the Advisory Council of the Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University; and the Advisory Council of the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (representing over 170 of the largest art museums in North America), a Trustee from 1994-2001, and served as President from 1998-1999. Davies received his A.B., Summa Cum Laude, (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

From 1975 to 1983, he was Founding Director of the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There, he served as both curator and director, arranging numerous exhibitions and public sculpture commissions and publishing scholarly catalogues, and was professor in the Art Departments at Amherst College as well as the University of Massachusetts.

Francis Bacon


With their searing colors and dramatically contorted figures, the paintings of Francis Bacon compel attention. Unlike most painters of his generation, who preferred to investigate the rigors of abstraction, the 75-year-old Bacon has devoted his skills to portraying the human body.

The power and magnitude of his life's work are vividly conveyed by this thorough evaluation written by Hugh Davies, director of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, and art historian Sally Yard. Born in Dublin, as a teenager Bacon moved to London, where he worked as an interior designer and taught himself to paint. Responding to influences as diverse as Michelangelo and the photographer Muybridge, he has created a motion-filled style uniquely his own. Fascinated by the challenge of capturing what he calls "the mysteries of appearance," Bacon confronts us with emotional images that demand an emotional response.

About the Modern Masters series

With informative, enjoyable texts and over 100 illustrations--approximately 48 in full color--this innovative series offers a fresh look at the most creative and influential artists of the postwar era. The authors are highly respected art historians and critics chosen for their ability to think clearly and write well. Each handsomely designed volume presents a thorough survey of the artist's life and work, as well as statements by the artist, an illustrated chapter on technique, a chronology, lists of exhibitions and public collections, an annotated bibliography, and an index. Every art lover, from the casual museumgoer to the serious student, teacher, critic, or curator, will be eager to collect these Modern Masters. And with such a low price, they can afford to collect them all.

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