Cecily Brown  (British, 1969) 

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Cecily Brown (British, b.1969) is a leading contemporary painter, whose work embraces both representational and abstract elements in sensual depictions of figures and nudes. Brown was born in London and attended the Slade School of Fine Art; she later studied printmaking and draftsmanship in addition to painting. She moved to New York in the early 1990s, quickly receiving critical acclaim for her painted works, which feature abstracted images of human forms, often engaging in sexual activity, in rich colors and animated brushstrokes. Her works draw on the legacies of Lucian Freud, Willem de Kooning, and many Abstract Expressionist artists, but Brown injects her works with a fresh sense of humor and titles them after the names of famous musicals and films. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at several prominent institutions, including the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

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Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled
2003

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled
2012

Two Palms
Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled
2012

Two Palms
Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled
2003

Two Palms
Cecily Brown, Untitled (After Hogarth Etchings)

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled (After Hogarth Etchings)
2004

Two Palms
Cecily Brown, Color Etching with Brick Wall

 

Cecily Brown
Color Etching with Brick Wall
2003

Two Palms
Cecily Brown, Exhibition view

 

Cecily Brown
Exhibition view
Kukje Gallery
Cecily Brown, Exhibition view

 

Cecily Brown
Exhibition view
Kukje Gallery
Cecily Brown, Exhibition view

 

Cecily Brown
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Kukje Gallery
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Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled, 1997
watercolor on paper

 

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Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled, 1996
oil on canvas

 

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Cecily Brown, Untitled

 

Cecily Brown
Untitled, 2003
color monotype

 

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1969   Born in London, England
1985 - 1987   B-TEC Diploma in Art and Design, Epsom School of Art, Surrey, England
1987 - 1989   Attended drawing and printmaking classes, Morley College, London, England
1990   Recipient, First Prize, Contemporary View 1990, National Competition for British Art Students
1992   Attended New York Studio School, New York, NY
1989 - 1993   BFA, First Class Honors, Slade School of Art, London, England
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2012   Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria (solo)
2010   GeM, Museum voor Actuele Kunst, The Hague, Netherlands (solo)
2010   Cecily Brown, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010   Lust und Laster. Die 7 Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann - Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2010   Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse Project - Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NY, USA
2010   Based On A True Story, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands and Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
2009   Cecily Brown, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2009   Visible Invisible: Against the Security of the Real, Parasol Unit, London, England
2009   Paint Made Flesh - Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2009   Bad Habits - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2009   NAKED! - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
2009   The Figure and Dr Freud - Haunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NY
2009   Paint Made Flesh - The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
2009   Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoy - MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña
2009   modern modern - CAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NY, USA
2009   Paint Made Flesh - Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA
2008   Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
2008   Cecily Brown, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2008   Black - G Fine Art, Washington, DC, USA
2008   THE OLYMP - Works on Paper - - Burkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf, Germany (closed, 2010)
2008   Insight?, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2007   Garten Eden. Der Garten in der Kunst seit 1900, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery - Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Not For Sale, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Putting Pictures on Paper, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Canada
Painting in the Noughties, Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Ireland
Extremes & In-betweens, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2006   The Triumph of Painting. Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Cecily Brown, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (solo)
New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo)
Survivor, Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY
Once upon a Time in the West, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
The Triumph of Painting 5, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Full House, Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
Cecily Brown, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (solo)
2005   The Triumph of Painting, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
The Early Show, White Columns, New York, NY
Cecily Brown: Paintings, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK (solo)
Cecily Brown, Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany (solo)
Recent Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Espacio 1, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Gyroscope, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Under Pressure: Prints from Two Palms Press, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2003   Cecily Brown, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Cecily Brown, MACRO, Rome, Italy (catalogue) (solo)
2002   Cecily Brown, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Directions—Cecily Brown, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC (solo)
Cecily Brown, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2001   Szenenwechsel XIX, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
Days of Heaven, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000   Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Serenade, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
The Skin Game, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
The Figure: Another Side of Modernism, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Emotional Rescue: The Contemporary Art Project Collection, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
1999   At Century’s End: The John P. Morrissey Collection of 90’s Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
Pleasure Dome, Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, Janice Guy Gallery, New York, NY
Four Letter Heaven, David Zwirner Video Library, New York, NY
Vertical Painting, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Serenade, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
The Skin Game, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Facts & Fictions: La nuova pittura internazionale tra immaginario e realtà: New York, Galleria in Arco, Turin, Italy
1998   High Society, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Spectacle, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
Janice Guy Gallery, New York, NY
1996   Taking Stock, curated by Kenny Schacter, New York, NY
1995   Eagle Gallery, London, England (solo)
Four Letter Heaven, a short animated film- Premiered at Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO and traveled to Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI; Seattle Film Festival, Seattle, WA; Pandemonium, Festival of the Moving image, London, England; Stuttgart Filmfest, Stuttgart, DE, and others in U.S and Europe. Awards at Ann Arbor, the Big Muddy Film Festival and the Black Maria Film Festival
1994   The Fete Worse Than Death, Laurent Delaye, London, England
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Britain, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2008    Ashton, Dore. Cecily Brown. New York: Rizzoli, 2008.
2007    Fleming, Jeff. Cecily Brown. Des Moines: Des Moines Art Center, 2007.
2005    Mac, Caoimhin, Giolla Leith and Suzanne Cotter. Cecily Brown: Paintings. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art Oxford, 2005.