Cecily Brown’s high-energy canvases are, in the words of the artist, “lush frenetic orgies of potent color, at once vulgar and subtle.” Her work sweeps through the history of painting, layering references as diverse as the flesh of Rubens and the abstract baroque space of recent Stella. Brown pits abstraction against figuration to create a “hallucinatory limbo” where process, form, and content are inseparable.
The application of paint embodies what is depicted—alternately caressing, thrusting, penetrating; a kiss and a slap at once. It is sometimes hard and fast, sometimes sensual and languorous. The changes in tempo are echoed by changes in space and scale. The space loops, swerves, twists, and is pulled taut, sweeping the viewer into an expansive extravaganza.
The titles of Brown’s works and of the exhibition were inspired by the highly artificial Technicolor fantasies of movie musicals. The artist embraces and celebrates the fiction and artifice of painting. The imagination fills in what is implicit, fueled by what is explicit.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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