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Cecily Brown

September 20–October 25, 2008
West 24th Street, New York

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Cecily Brown Installation view

Cecily Brown

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#8), 2006 Oil on linen, 12 ½ × 17 inches (31.8 × 43.2 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#8), 2006

Oil on linen, 12 ½ × 17 inches (31.8 × 43.2 cm)

Cecily Brown, Skulldiver IV, 2006–07 Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Skulldiver IV, 2006–07

Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Carnival and Lent, 2006–08 Oil on linen, 97 × 103 inches (246.4 × 261.6 cm)

Cecily Brown, Carnival and Lent, 2006–08

Oil on linen, 97 × 103 inches (246.4 × 261.6 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#38), 2007 Oil on linen, 12 ½ × 17 inches (31.8 × 43.2 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#38), 2007

Oil on linen, 12 ½ × 17 inches (31.8 × 43.2 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2007–08 Oil on linen, 25 × 22 inches (63.5 × 55.9 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2007–08

Oil on linen, 25 × 22 inches (63.5 × 55.9 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2007–08 Oil on linen, 43 × 65 inches (109.2 × 165.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2007–08

Oil on linen, 43 × 65 inches (109.2 × 165.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, The Adoration of the Hermit, 2008 Oil on linen, 97 × 151 inches (246.4 × 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown, The Adoration of the Hermit, 2008

Oil on linen, 97 × 151 inches (246.4 × 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2008 Oil on linen, 25 × 22 inches (63.5 × 55.9 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled, 2008

Oil on linen, 25 × 22 inches (63.5 × 55.9 cm)

Cecily Brown, Study for Sam Mere 2, 2008 Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Study for Sam Mere 2, 2008

Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#92), 2008 Oil on linen, 17 × 12 ½ inches (43.2 × 31.8 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#92), 2008

Oil on linen, 17 × 12 ½ inches (43.2 × 31.8 cm)

Cecily Brown, Study for Sam Mere 4, 2008 Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Study for Sam Mere 4, 2008

Oil on linen, 85 × 89 inches (215.9 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#84), 2008 Oil on linen, 17 × 12 ½ inches (43.2 × 31.8 cm)

Cecily Brown, Untitled (#84), 2008

Oil on linen, 17 × 12 ½ inches (43.2 × 31.8 cm)

Cecily Brown, Indian Tourist, 2008 Oil on linen, 97 × 89 inches (246.4 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Indian Tourist, 2008

Oil on linen, 97 × 89 inches (246.4 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, New Face in Hell, 2008 Oil on linen, 97 × 89 inches (246.4 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, New Face in Hell, 2008

Oil on linen, 97 × 89 inches (246.4 × 226.1 cm)

Cecily Brown, Bye Baby Bunting, 2008 Oil on linen, 65 × 43 inches (165.1 × 109.2 cm)

Cecily Brown, Bye Baby Bunting, 2008

Oil on linen, 65 × 43 inches (165.1 × 109.2 cm)

About

"I'm more interested in sublimation. I love the way Francis Bacon talked about the grin without the cat, the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance…I've always wanted to be able to convey figurative imagery in a kind of shorthand, to get it across in as direct a way as possible. I want there to be a human presence without having to depict it in full."
—Cecily Brown

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Cecily Brown.

Brown's vigorous and tactile oil paintings evoke the breadth of human experience, particularly the emotions associated with touch, pleasure, and passion. Widely inspired by the history of painting, from the figurative orders of Nicolas Poussin, Edouard Manet, and William Hogarth to the heady abstract expressionism of Willem de Kooning, Brown brings to the conventions of the genre a bold and, at times, ribald femininity. Throughout her oeuvre, Brown has repeated certain motifs yet ascribes them different significations over time. For example the tent form — a primary image in her work that she associates with childhood books and nomads as well as paintings by Picasso, Goya and Bosch—is, in the new work, layered with fresh imagery that obfuscates the original form in varying degrees.

In the densely worked scenarios of Brown's most recent paintings, flickering figures are enfolded in vivid pastoral landscapes and vanitas settings. Throughout the Skulldiver paintings, she carefully maintains the tension between abstract formal qualities and immanent figurative content, while in the Sarn Mere paintings, she continues to expound on the cautionary narrative fragments and sinister psychological undertones of her Black Paintings. Inspired in part by Mary Webb's Precious Bane (1924), the Sarn Mere paintings evoke an imaginary place, a lake where all manner of dark happenings transpire. In Carnival and Lent, one of Brown's largest paintings, her signature tectonic structure dissolves into a blur of activity where figures and faces can be glimpsed amidst the pure energies of the brush. Brown's previously representational schemes are rendered almost abstract through an increasing fragmentation of forms, underscoring her belief that her paintings should not have fixed meaning but rather reflect the flux of being in the world.

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