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Cecily Brown [Hardcover]

Klaus Kertess
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15 May 2012
Presenting a world that pulses with excesses and appetites, Cecily Brown explores the breadth of human experience in her tactile oil paintings. Broadly inspired by the history of painting--from Rubens and Veronese to the muscular expressionism of Willem de Kooning--Cecily Brown's personal vision transcends classical notions of genre and narrative, freeing her subject matter from its original context and positioning it within a new aesthetic reality. Submerged within her vigorous gestural abstractions are scenes in which tangles of flesh dissolve into sensuous textures. Eschewing fixed meaning, Brown's paintings reflect the flux of life through fragmentary glimpses of form. This volume is published on the occasion of an exhibition of new paintings by the artist held in November 2011 at the Gagosian Gallery in Rome.

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; Bilingual edition (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838936
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 27.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Klaus Kertess is a writer and curator. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including the 1995 Whitney Biennial. He has published monographs on Peter Hujar, Brice Marden, and Joan Mitchell, and has written essays for Art Forum, Parkett, and Art in America, among other publications. In 2009 he received the Lawrence A. Fleischman award for scholarly excellence in the field of American art history from the Smithsonian Archives for American Art.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cecily Brown. 1 Aug 2013
By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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*The first thing potential buyers of this book should know is that the "look inside" preview above is actually for the 264 page monograph by Dore Ashton from 2008; the cover is from the 100 page catalogue of her 2011 exhibition held in Rome and New York - this is the book I am reviewing.*

This is a nicely presented hardback volume, almost square in format; the works in the show are all presented in clear, sharp colour plates of good size - although some could have been a little bigger - many art books these days seem to follow gallery thinking and present illustrations with large border spaces around them, which is quite unnecessary.
There are 19 works in oil including 2 large triptychs; most of these paintings fill the pages rather well and the triptychs are each presented on gatefold pages. The remaining 15 works are on paper, mainly watercolour/mixed media. A few double-page bleeds provide close-up details from some of the works. The paintings from this show are less obviously figurative than her previous work and are more abstract expressionist in appearance.
There is a rather bland introductory essay "The Temptation of Cecily Brown" by Klaus Kertess in English/Italian versions with a few additional comparative illustrations which runs to 8 pages. This doesn't actually reveal very much about her work and there are no notes or explanatory texts for the paintings in the show.

There are currently very few affordable books available on Brown; this may serve as an introduction to her work, but it has already increased in price since I purchased it. The book itself is very nice for what it is, but I`d certainly recommend either the Dore Ashton book - if it ever gets a re-print - or wait till a more reasonably priced study of the artist's work appears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonder and Challenge of Cicely Brown's Paintings 27 July 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cicely Brown evolves with every new showing of her paintings - and that is a positive statement and not a criticism. Her means of spreading paint in the most luxurious manner continues, but now the stories or messages or recognizable imagery for which she was so highly regarded become less obvious in this collection of works. It is as though now that she has informed her audience of her ability to make intensely sensual and erotic images she is able to transmit that energy into more abstract terms. Yes, the fragments of recognizable forms remain (or is that we just want to imagine them being there?) but now her paintings seem more a celebration or expansion of ideas by great artists left unfinished by their demise.

Klaus Kertess is the writer and curator for this book (an exhibition by Gagosian Gallery in Rome in 2011) and his take on the current status of Brown's intentions is invigorating to read. `Presenting a world that pulses with excesses and appetites, Brown explores the breadth of human experience in tactile oil paintings. Broadly inspired by the history of painting--from Rubens and Veronese to the muscular expressionism of Willem de Kooning--Brown's personal vision transcends classical notions of genre and narrative, freeing subject matter from its original context and positioning it within a new aesthetic reality. Submerged within vigorous gestural abstractions are scenes in which tangles of flesh dissolve into sensuous textures. In the dense scenario of The Green, Green Grass of Home (2010) flickering figures are enfolded in vivid landscapes of lilac, charcoal, and burnt orange. In The Haunter (2010) a yawning orifice opens up in a sea of deliquescent color that is smeared and wiped across the support. In Handsome Stranger (2010) and Wake, Awake for Night is Flying (2010) anatomical silhouettes--the ball of a foot, the crook of an elbow--can just be made out. Eschewing fixed meaning, Brown's paintings reflect the flux of life through fragmentary glimpses of form.'

Once again we are enchanted by the virtuosity of this gifted painter: watching her progress is a thrilling venture. Grady Harp, July 12
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value book 14 May 2012
By A foreigner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought it for my daughter who is now majoring the art. She really loves this artist and liked this great book. Worth to pay!
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth it 16 Oct 2012
By Fargo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Thought maybe I'd be a fan of her work, yes, I judged the book by its cover, only wish the book had been more like its cover. Not impressed.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review 21 May 2012
By Amy Edelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From The Gagosian Gallery

Cecily Brown creates lush, visceral canvases based on a combination of figuration and abstraction. Her technical proficiency has earned her comparisons to Lucian Freud, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, yet it is her unique ability to convey the pleasurable and fleeting aspects of sensation that drive her work.

Cecily Brown rapidly rose to success in the late 1990's, and was credited with having contributed to the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium. With a visual repertoire indebted as much to the classical themes of the old masters as to porn magazines and Hollywood films, Brown's paintings challenge traditional interpretations and compel us to reconsider the act of painting from a decidedly feminine viewpoint.

By Dore Ashton with Lari Pittman and Gagosian Gallery

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