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Auction: Contemporary Art Part I
was auctioned on: 15 November 2007
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Cecily Brown

Estimate: US$600,000 - US$800,000
Price realised:  US$1,105,000
Lot number 25, Views: 38

Cecily Brown The Girl Who Had Everything 1998 Oil on linen. 99 1/2 x 110 in. (252.7 x 279.4 cm). Signed and dated “Cecily Brown 98” on the reverse and stretcher bar.
Provenance Gagosian Gallery, New York Exhibited New York, Gagosian Gallery, Cecily Brown, January 14 – February 19, 2000 Literature R. Evrén, A.M. Holmes, and E. Wingate, Cecily Brown Paintings 1998-2000, New York, 2000, cat. no. 1, pp. 14-15 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay In her lush and shameless paintings Cecily Brown melds the figurativeand the abstract, and all with great bravado. She derives from the greattradition of painting—abstract expressionists such as de Kooning andMitchell, British landscape painting as well as old masters such as Goya.The voluptuous surfaces and explosive brushwork of her paintings buildphantasmagoric scenes of tumultuous revelries as figures fervently yetlyrically metamorphosize or just dissolve into paint. “Each one is a movie,a true motion picture, building up and breaking down.There are constantchanges in perspective, in tempo. One image/impulse begets the next,mutating, morphing, becoming something else entirely...” (R. Evrén, A.M.Holmes, and E.Wingate, Cecily Brown, Paintings 1998-2000, NewYork, 2000,p. 68.) Brown’s feminine perspective inverts the expected male brazennessand voyeuristic gaze.The bawdy scenes own the canvas, and take thepower.There is both blood and guts edginess, and pretty-girlie of pinks andpurples.This insolence is stridently expressed in The Girl Who Had Everything,where lovely pinks and reds are pushed across the canvas with heat andswelling warmth that challenges the viewer.The painting has an air ofinstinct over logic, but is not without method. “Brown’s work can make onethink simultaneously of eighteenth-century Libertinism and the celebratoryorgies of ancient religious cults,” (ibid, p. 10). Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Part I
Date of the auction: 15 Nov 2007
Address: Phillips
15 Nov 2007, 7pm New York