Cecily Brown’s paintings are often described as works which move between figuration and abstraction – a distinction and categorisation, which interestingly does not arise for the artist herself, who instead wants “the best of both worlds” and “not to describe, but rather invent”. The brushstrokes on the linen are so fluidly and virtuosically placed, the viewer gets the feeling that something organic and alive has taken possession of the painting’s surface. The works initially appear as a whole – it is at first almost impossible to decipher an anchor or point of repose - and thus demands extended viewing. Cecily Brown is inspired by the study of old and new masters. Hogarth and de Kooning play particularly significant roles in this preoccupation, as well as Bosch, Breughel, Degas and Goya, to name just a few. Compositionally however icons of pop-culture, such as record covers can equally play a god fatherly role for the beginnings of a painting, whose finial result the artist never imagines in advance.
A catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag on the occassion of the exhibition with a text from Terry Myers.
Cecily Brown lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of the artist have been showcased at the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, the Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Gemeente Museum, the Hague, the Macro, Rome and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
On 18 September, during „Berlin Art Week“, from 6 until 8 pm, there will be a reception in the gallery space in the presence of the artist.
“I got tired of smoking and drinking. This clinic is the best thing I’ve done for my body and for my mind.
For my 50th birthday, my cousin Helmut gave me the most profound, beautiful
and striking present. He made books out of my Dad’s slide photographs , which were stored and forgotten. Looking at those books made me cry. Dad killing himself, but seeing in those photographs it was not all dark days and realising what a great photographer he was.
Being in Austria in this clinic, I remembered suddenly all those Austrian holidays and it made me think of those books my cousin made.”
Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present the third solo exhibition with Juergen Teller. The artist lives and works in London.
On 18th September, during „Berlin Art Week“ from 6 until 8 pm, there will be a reception in the gallery space in the presence of the artist.
A catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag on the occasion of the exhibition.
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