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Cecily Brown
10-color lithograph on paper
Image: 40 × 29 5/8 inches (101.6 × 75.2 cm)Framed: 48 1/4 × 37 5/8 inches (122.6 × 95.6 cm)
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Kirk Varnedoe Collection, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, Gift of the Artist and Gemini G.E.L.
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Born and educated in Britain, Cecily Brown moved to Manhattan shortly after earning her B.F.A. from the Slade School of Art in London in 1993. Her first and second solo exhibitions in New York, at Deitch Projects in 1997 and 1998, brought her work to the attention of such high-profile collectors as Charles Saatchi and Agnes Gund, and her artistic career was quickly launched. Since then she has had solo exhibitions at a number of prestigious institutions, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the MACRO, Rome; and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Her thick, painterly strokes of color and highly eroticized subject matter show the influence of Willem de Kooning’s (1904-1997) expressionistic style of painting, especially his Woman paintings of the 1950s. Brown’s work is currently the subject of a mid-career retrospective, which was organized by the Des Moines Art Center and is currently touring around the country.

Brown’s untitled 2005 lithograph demonstrates the artist’s interest in the human form, with a human figure in pink flesh tones discernable just to the right of the center of the composition. These pink tones are repeated throughout the composition in expressionistic strokes, giving the viewer the sense that a concern with the human body pervades the entire work.