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Auction: Contemporary Art Part I
was auctioned on: 14 May 2009
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Cecily Brown

Estimate: US$600,000 - US$800,000
Price realised:  US$662,500
Lot number 24, Views: 41

Cecily Brown Suddenly Last Summer 1999 Oil on linen. 100 x 110 1/4 in. (254 x 280 cm). Signed and dated “Cecily Brown 1999” on the reverse.
Provenance Gagosian Gallery, New York Exhibited New York, Gagosian Gallery, Cecily Brown, January 14 – February 19, 2000; Des Moines Art Center, Cecily Brown, August 4 – October 1, 2006; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Cecily Brown, October 18, 2006 – January 15, 2007 Literature E. Wingate, ed., Cecily Brown: Paintings 1998-2000, New York, 2000, pl. 23 (illustrated); R. Smith, “Art in Review: Cecily Brown,” The New York Times, New York, January 20, 2000, p.E.2:42; D. Hunt, “Going for Baroque,” Time Out New York, New York, 2000, p. 57 (illustrated); J. Fleming, Cecily Brown, Des Moines, 2006, p. 17 (illustrated); E. Wingate, ed., Cecily Brown, New York, 2008, p. 95 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay "Sensual intelligence, a richly eclectic awareness of visual references, a vivid painterly imagination, and a terrific force of generative energy are all strikingly present in Cecily Brown’s work. Robust in scale and subject matter, these works flicker at the hallucinatory edge between figural representation and gestural abstraction. A subtle quality of ambivalence animates the surface of these paintings, serving as a ground of emergence, a field of potentialities for awakening perception. Brown’s painterly imagination works between facture and figure. She suffuses her marks with associative suggestivity. The boundary-loosening condition of arousal charges the atmosphere of her canvases so that limb and lip and tongue and hip, swatch and patch, stroke and line move into and out of each other, interpenetrating space and substance. The paintings sustain a condition of indeterminate specificity, a state of prolonged tension on the edge of final definition, deferring closure," (J. Drucker, “Erotic Method,” Cecily Brown: Paintings 2003-2006, NewYork, 2006, p. 5). Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Part I
Date of the auction: 14 May 2009
Address: Phillips
New York