Cecily Brown: Black Painting 1, 2020

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This signed and numbered limited edition print is presented in a bespoke portfolio case alongside a signed and numbered hardcover edition of Phaidon's Cecily Brown monograph.

Print: 4-color digital print on 330gsm Epson Hot Press natural paper
Size: 279 x 241 mm (11 x 9.5 in)
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered

Hardcover book
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11.37 x 9.87 in)
160 pages, 160 illustrations
Signed and numbered

The source image for this edition, Cecily Brown's Black Painting 1 (2002), belongs to a series of paintings the artist initiated as a mechanism for exploring desire. Inspired by 19th Century French erotica and the art of Francisco Goya, Black Painting 1 centers around a solitary figure surrounded by a range of lustful, ghostly suitors. Imbued with Brown’s unique sensibility fusing intimacy with complexity, the sombre palette employed for this work reinforces the psychological charge of the scene, as well as the tenuous boundaries between pleasure and torment.

'The older I get the more I dig into my own past, and use my own work as a source for new work. Sometimes you see something and you think, oh I've never really fully explored that, and there’s more territory for me to dig into. And that’s how I’ve felt recently about the so-called black paintings. I’ve never done a black painting as a print before and they’re such an important body of work for me.' -Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown (b. 1969, London) is one of the most celebrated artists working in painting today. Brown draws from the compositional structure, historical motifs, and virtuosic brushwork of master painters across a diverse range of genres. Using a palette ranging from bright hues to deep blacks, her works obscure singular readings as their compositions break down into restless, anfractuous, and elusive activity. Recent notable one-person exhibitions include “Based on a True Story,” Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2010); “Rehearsal,” The Drawing Center, New York (2016); “If Paradise Were Half as Nice,” Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); “Where, When, How Often and with Whom” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2018); and a major exhibition of new paintings hung at Blenheim Palace, UK (2020–2021). Cecily Brown’s work is included in public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Louisiana Museum, Denmark, the National Gallery of Norway, the Tate Gallery, London, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, and the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

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