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Introduction

Cecily Brown (born 1969) is a London born, New York based artist, best known for her large-scale paintings that blend abstraction and figuration. Her richly painted images often use the work of old and modern masters such as Rubens and Degas as a starting point to explore themes of sexuality and desire. Brown’s bold, gestural brushstrokes and command of painting have drawn parallels to abstract expressionists like de Kooning, but her singular approach to abstraction, imbued with supple figures and eroticism, removes her work from the masculine undertones that have been traditionally associated with the movement.  

In 2006, the Museum of Fine Art Boston organized Brown’s mid-career retrospective. In addition to her participation in the Whitney Biennial, she has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia, Museo Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil and the Louisiana Museum in Denmark and a survey of Brown's work will take place at Blenheim Palace in 2020. Brown’s work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Essl Museum, Austria; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and the Tate Gallery, London among others. 

Cecily Brown has been making monotypes and etchings at Two Palms since 2002. 

New Works 2

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Untitled, 2007
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle
36 1/2 x 47 inches

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Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 48 inches

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Untitled, 2016
Monotype with watercolor, pastel and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
40 x 50 inches

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Untitled, 2017
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
14 x 18 inches

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Untitled, 2018
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
31 x 43 inches

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Untitled, 2018
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
23 x 31 inches

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Color Etching with Brick Wall, 2003
7-color etching with aquatint
24 x 28 inches
Edition of 28

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Untitled, 2007
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle
36 1/2 x 47 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 48 inches

Untitled, 2016
Monotype with watercolor, pastel and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
40 x 50 inches

Untitled, 2017
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
14 x 18 inches

Untitled, 2018
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
31 x 43 inches

Untitled, 2018
Monotype in oil on Lanaquarelle Paper
23 x 31 inches

Color Etching with Brick Wall, 2003
7-color etching with aquatint
24 x 28 inches
Edition of 28

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018  Cecily Brown, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark
2018  Triumph of the Vanities II, The Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
2018  If Paradise Were Half as Nice, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2018  If Paradise Were Half as Nice, Museo Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil
2017  Cecily Brown: Shipwreck Drawings, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2016  Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
2014  Cecily Brown, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
2012  Cecily Brown, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2006  Cecily Brown, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2005  Cecily Brown: Paintings, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2005  Cecily Brown: Paintings, Curated by Suzanne Cotter. Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
2004  Cecily Brown, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Selected Public Collections

The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Museum der Moderne Salzburg , Salzburg, Austria
Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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