Cecily Brown - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, May 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Cecily Brown, January 14 – February 19, 2000; Des Moines Art Center, Cecily Brown, August 4 – October 1, 2006; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Cecily Brown, October 18, 2006 – January 15, 2007

  • Literature

    E. Wingate, ed., Cecily Brown: Paintings 1998-2000, New York, 2000, pl. 23 (illustrated); R. Smith, “Art in Review: Cecily Brown,” The New York Times, New York, January 20, 2000, p.E.2:42; D. Hunt, “Going for Baroque,” Time Out New York, New York, 2000, p. 57 (illustrated); J. Fleming, Cecily Brown, Des Moines, 2006, p. 17 (illustrated); E. Wingate, ed., Cecily Brown, New York, 2008, p. 95 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Sensual intelligence, a richly eclectic awareness of visual references, a vivid painterly imagination, and a terrific force of generative energy are all strikingly present in Cecily Brown’s work. Robust in scale and subject matter, these works flicker at the hallucinatory edge between figural representation and gestural abstraction. A subtle quality of ambivalence animates the surface of these paintings, serving as a ground of emergence, a field of potentialities for awakening perception. Brown’s painterly imagination works between facture and figure. She suffuses her marks with associative suggestivity. The boundary-loosening condition of arousal charges the atmosphere of her canvases so that limb and lip and tongue and hip, swatch and patch, stroke and line move into and out of each other, interpenetrating space and substance. The paintings sustain a condition of indeterminate specificity, a state of prolonged tension on the edge of final definition, deferring closure," (J. Drucker, “Erotic Method,” Cecily Brown: Paintings 2003-2006, NewYork, 2006, p. 5).


Suddenly Last Summer

Oil on linen.
100 x 110 1/4 in. (254 x 280 cm).

Signed and dated “Cecily Brown 1999” on the reverse.

$600,000 - 800,000 

Sold for $662,500

Contemporary Art Part I

14 May 2009, 7pm
New York