CECILY BROWN

3 JUNE – 5 SEPTEMBER 2022

STAATLICHE GRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG MÜNCHEN

PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE

Barer Straße 40
80333 München
www.pinakothek-der-moderne.de

Without a doubt, the work of New York-based British artist Cecily Brown (*1969 London) is one of the most exciting examples of painterly flair on the international contemporary scene.

A hallmark of her unmistakable oeuvre is its crossover of classical subjects from art history with themes from everyday culture – a sovereign, light-handed interweaving of the high and low-brow of our worlds of experience. With tremendous force, her visual worlds assault the viewer. Immersed in a fluidity of colorful progressions, painterly informal omissions are interwoven with simultaneously occurring facets of motifs, creating recurring kaleidoscopic pulsating afterimages on the viewer’s retina.

Less well known is Cecily Brown’s extensive graphic work. In many cases, Brown uses drawing to approach individual pictorial motifs or groups of works or to rethink them through the medium of drawing. Over the course of our first in-depth conversations last year, the artist was instantly enthusiastic about engaging with the historical collection holdings of a renowned graphic museum and approaching them in an exhibition project at “eye level”. Rarely before has Cecily Brown – an artist with a strong affinity for tradition-rich graphic art due to her classical academic training – engaged so intensively with a museum collection.

At the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich, she now presents newly created works alongside individual paintings from recent years. The impulses for this show range from Bosch and Bruegel to Cézanne and Michelangelo.