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b. 1969, United Kingdom

Cecily Brown Biography

Born in London, 1969, Cecily Brown draws on the history of figurative and expressionist painting. Inspired by Rubens, de Kooning and Bacon, her works are poised between abstraction and figuration. Brown is one of the most prominent female painters of the 21st century. Since her first show in 2008 her works have largely depicted nude women, whose eroticism and muscularity stand in opposition to the traditional notion of the male gaze. The highly worked surfaces of her paintings also recall Abstract Expressionism and the performative nature of painting, thus her subject sits between a classical narrative of the nude and its immediate, physical reality.

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Cecily Brown was born in London in 1969. Public collections include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Tate Gallery, London. Solo exhibitions include Directions: Cecily Brown, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2002); MACRO, Rome (2003); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2004); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2005); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2005–06); Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2006); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006–07); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2009); Based on a True Story, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2010, traveled to GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague); and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (on view through February 1, 2015).

Cecily Brown Featured Artworks

All Nights Are Days by Cecily Brown contemporary artwork
Cecily BrownAll Nights Are Days, 2019Oil on linen
226.1 x 246.4 cm
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Cecily Brown Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Images of Man at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
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1 February–14 March 2020 Group Exhibition New Images of Man Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York

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Cecily Brown In Related Press

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Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show Related Press Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show 12 January 2017, The New York Times

Keen to distinguish the Armory Show, which is facing competition from almost 300 other contemporary art fairs around the world, the New York art fair’s executive director, Benjamin Genocchio, is playing up the gritty industrial space of Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River. For the fair’s 2017 edition, which runs from March 2 through March 5, the...

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Cecily Brown at Drawing Centre, New York Related Press Cecily Brown at Drawing Centre, New York 6 January 2017, Art in America

The title of Cecily Brown’s exhibition at the Drawing Center, Rehearsal, was intended to reflect the meaning of the Old French version of the term. Rehercier, a wall text instructed, meant 'to go over something again with the aim of more fully understanding it,' rather than, as 'rehearse' currently denotes, to practice for a crowning performance....

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'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read Related Press 'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read 10 August 2016, ARTNews

The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men,  a group show that runs at Cheim & Read through September 2, is as ambitious in scope as it is in ideology, showcasing work by a wide range of artists–including Tracey Emin, Alice Neel, Diane Arbus, and Jenny Holzer–who have applied a nontraditional lens to viewing and depicting...

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What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' Related Press What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' 5 August 2016, Whitewall

Currently on display at Cheim & Read is a look at men from the perspective of 32 female artists. The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men  is the second half of a two-part exhibition at the Chelsea gallery. The first debuted in 2009 titled Women Look At Women.  This latest exhibition offers multiple portrayals of men...

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