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Grave Matters: Read an Exclusive Excerpt of Nicola Tyson’s ‘Dead Letter Men’

Part 1 of letter to Bacon. Click to view in full size.

Part 1 of 2 of the letter to Bacon. (Click to view full size.)

Later this month, the New York–based British artist Nicola Tyson, who is known for her slyly humorous, psychologically compelling figurative paintings, will have a new book published in a limited edition by her New York and London galleries, Petzel and Sadie Coles HQ. Titled Dead Letter Men, it includes letters she’s written to a number of deceased artists, including Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, along with some of her own photographs. Ms. Tyson has kindly allowed us to share her letter to Bacon, at left. —A.R.

Part 2 of the letter to Bacon. Click to view in full size.

Part 2 of 2 of the letter to Bacon. (Click to view full size.)

Pages from 'Dead Men Letters.' (Courtesy the artist, Petzel, Sadie Coles HQ)

Pages from ‘Dead Men Letters.’ (Click to view full size.)

Thank you to the artist, Petzel and Sadie Coles for allowing us to publish this excerpt from the book.

The full information for the book is as follows:

Designed by Peter Miles, text is copyright Nicola Tyson, published by Petzel Gallery and Sadie Coles HQ, 2013
Edition of 800

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