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GLENN BROWN

MAURIZIO CANNAVACCIUOLO
novembre 20, 2017
 

G lenn Brown (born 1966 in Hexham, Northumberland) lives and works in London and Suffolk, England.

He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist's works, Glenn Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto, but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes which create the illusion of almost photographically flat surfaces.

There are fewer sculptures than paintings in Brown‘s oeuvre, but they nevertheless form a central point of his practice. They are created by accumulating thick layers of oil paint over acrylic and fibreglass structures, or over found bronze sculptures. Brown‘s sculptures stand in stark contrast to his flat paintings, deliberately emphasizing the three-dimensional quality of oil brushstrokes. In the last few years, Glenn Brown has extensively embraced drawing.

"Glenn Brown's artworks are astonishing and scary at the same time. Rational and irrational, familiar and unknown. His artworks give vertigo. The image he creates do not feel the weight of gravity, the weight of being earthbound, a weight that drags us down, toward the depths of the earth, but they fluctuate being lightweight"

 

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d'Art Contemporain, France (2000); Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2009), which travelled to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2013);

Rennie Collection, Vancouver (2013); Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles (2016); Des Moines Art Center and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2016), Rembrandt House, Amsterdam (2017) and Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence (2017). Glenn's works have been part of numerous group exhibitions including The Saatchi Gallery (1995, 2014);

Centre Georges Pompidou (2002, 2013); Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2010); Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2012), Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain (2013) and Centre George Pompidou, Malaga (2015).