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From the Publisher"...Ashton finds evidence of a deepening talent whose recent work goes beyond the sexy hedonism that led to her early notoriety."
Cecily Brown creates lush, visceral canvases based on a combination of figuration and abstraction. Her technical proficiency has earned her comparisons to Lucian Freud, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, yet it is her unique ability to convey the pleasurable and fleeting aspects of sensation that drive her work.Cecily Brown rapidly rose to success in the late 1990's, and was credited with having contributed to the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium. With a visual repertoire indebted as much ...
Cecily Brown creates lush, visceral canvases based on a combination of figuration and abstraction. Her technical proficiency has earned her comparisons to Lucian Freud, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, yet it is her unique ability to convey the pleasurable and fleeting aspects of sensation that drive her work.Cecily Brown rapidly rose to success in the late 1990's, and was credited with having contributed to the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium. With a visual repertoire indebted as much to the classical themes of the old masters as to porn magazines and Hollywood films, Brown’s paintings challenge traditional interpretations and compel us to reconsider the act of painting from a decidedly feminine viewpoint.
Cecily Brown En Route Dore Ashton Ashton, Dore 11
Cecily Brown in Conversation With Lari Pittman 25
List of Drawings 258
Index of Paintings 260
List of Source Images 261
Posted May 29, 2009
This is a particularly rich Rizzoli publication for Gagosian Gallery devoted to the art of the one whose name forms the title of this monograph - CECILY BROWN. Brown is a young painter whose style falls somewhere in the transition zone between abstract expressionism and figurative painting: few artists have succeeded to this level as well, a level that includes Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, Jean Rustin and Wilhelm de Kooning. She manages to cast thick layers of paint on her canvases that in and of themselves are quasi three dimensional creations of wildly imaginative combinations of color, but she doesn't stop there. Sometimes buried in all of this action painting are stories of erotic encounters, barely discernible until the eye finds the subjects: the cover of the book is the riotously sexual `1000 Thread Count' in which the viewer must invest time to find the core images in this lushly colorful cacophony of brush strokes. At other times her canvases are frankly sexual, as in `Performance' (page 119) and `Two Figures in a Landscape' (page 149) and `New Louboutin Pumps' (page 209) where the sexual act is visually celebrated in a masterful way.
Brown even visits private interludes as in `These Foolish Things' (page 147) where a couple occupies the same bed but pleasures themselves. She also provides many pen and ink drawings of both female and male nudes, alone and together, works that demonstrate her remarkable talent for the minimal erotic statement. The drawings at time lead toward paintings, but at the same time this well designed monograph gives extensive examples of the visual stimuli from artists in the distant past that provide ideas for her huge canvases. Many of these `stimuli' are in fact old pornographic images, but an equal number are works by known artists who did not fear public opinion. How she elaborates on these naughty themes is part of what makes this monograph so unique.
The book opens with a fine essay by Dore Ashton and follows with a conversation between the superb Los Angeles painter Lari Pittman and Cecily Brown. Both writers provide a rich background to this superb artist's thoughts and development as a painter. Cecily Brown is a painter who is rapidly becoming one of the more fascinating and controversial painters today. Her work, and this book, deserve attention. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
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