Private Sales - Cecily Brown - The Last Shipwreck - 2018
The London-born, New York-based Cecily Brown is best known for her large-scale paintings, whose heavily worked surfaces often build into maelstroms of gesture and color. Despite their size and assertiveness, there is something deeply precarious about how Brown’s paintings hold together, as if the entire composition were teetering on the edge of a knife, threatening to unravel and fall apart at any moment. How fitting, then, that Brown, a great admirer of French romantic tableaux, would turn her attention to the turbulent waters of classical shipwreck scenes; the sea a fitting analogy for the surface of a canvas, Brown’s brush its leery passenger across the tide.
In this edition – a ditone print pulled from one of these epic shipwreck paintings – we are able to witness more closely how Brown’s colossal pictures also contain moments of doubt and reservation, with varying levels of intensity in the application of paint, vacillating somewhere between directness and diffidence. The ability to hold opposing forces together – to construct a composition like The Last Shipwreckout of such tensions and make the resulting picture shudder from within – is a quality, a success, really, that Brown shares with the American postwar generation of painters she so greatly admires. Concentrated in the intimate print, we are able to see more clearly how Brown builds the underlying structures of her pictures to achieve her trademark dramatic effects.
Medium: Ditone print
Size: 52 × 50 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 AP + 2 PP
Numbered and signed verso
Price: € 2,000
You can order this Cecily Brown limited edition print at New Art Editions
Condition: The work is in a mint condition. No condition issues.
Provenance: Acquired from the publisher by the present owner.
Location of the work: Germany
Buyers premium: 0%
Buyer is responsible for the delivery of the work.
Duration of the sale: November 8th - November 22nd 2018
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