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CECILY BROWN | Beach Blanket Babylon

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Cecily Brown
  • Beach Blanket Babylon
  • signed and dated 2018 on the reverse
  • pastel and ink on paper
  • 35 by 47 in. 88.9 by 119.4 cm.


Courtesy of the artist

Catalogue Note

Cecily Brown was born in London, England in 1969 and studied at The Slade School of Fine Art. She began her early work in London, later relocating to New York City in 1995. Brown’s expressionist work embraces both abstract and representational depictions of figures and nudes. Her imagery is filled with vibrant colors and swirling brushstrokes. Brown works primarily within photography and painting mediums. Her art is celebrated for its sensual, powerful, provocative nature, which draws the viewer in immediately. Brown plays with themes such as sexuality and attraction, and the tactility of her work allows her to enhance such concepts. Her artistic journey for each work is very adaptive and spontaneous; Brown often begins without an idea in mind and lets the painting transform itself. The assertiveness and femininity of her paintings are often compared to other Abstract Expressionist works, which are customarily associated with fierce masculinity. There are examples of her work in numerous, major public collections, such as at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Tate Britain, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Additionally, Brown has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, most recently at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City.