CECILY BROWN (B. 1969)
CECILY BROWN (B. 1969)
CECILY BROWN (B. 1969)
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CECILY BROWN (B. 1969)

Untitled

Details
CECILY BROWN (B. 1969)
Untitled
signed and dated 'Cecily Brown 07-08' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
25 x 22 in. (63.5 x 56 cm.)
Painted in 2007-2008.
Provenance
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008
Literature
R. Dergan, ed., Cecily Brown, New York, 2008, pp. 21 and 28, fig. 13 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, Gagosian Gallery, New Work, September-October 2008.
Further details
This lot is accompanied by an artist-signed copy of the publication Cecily Brown, edited by Rose Dergan and published by Rizzoli in 2008.

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Lot Essay

A delicious mélange of pinks, roses, peaches and fleshy hues, Untitled from 2007-2008 is one of a cluster of paintings that Dore Ashton calls “her most coherent to date, bespeak[ing] a rapidly maturing painterly mind” (D. Ashton, Cecily Brown, p. 20). Measuring 25 x 22 inches, it triumphs with the same visual power and elegance as her largest-scale works, proving Brown’s prowess in whatever scale she approaches. It is both rhythmic and energetic, fresh and art historical, loosely organic and yet simultaneously entirely abstract.

With the interweave of colors and subtle suggestions of representation, it cannily calls to mind the masters to whom Brown admittedly looks: Delacroix’s juxtaposition of colors, Bosch’s density of imagery, El Greco’s exaggerated tendencies. “I feel inseparable from the history of European painting; I definitely feel steeped in it” (C. Brown quoted in “Cecily Brown in Conversation with Lari Pittman” in Cecily Brown, ed. R. Dergan (New York: 2008), p. 25). With ingenuity and allure, she positions herself prodigiously in an eminent lineage of art historical greats.

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