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Cecily Brown’s drawings come out into the open

January 28, 2017

From when she first appeared on the scene roughly 20 years ago, people have been drawn (no pun intended) to Cecily Brown. The British-born, New York City-based artist who draws inspirations from a variety of masters such as Edgar Degas and William Hogworth, has been “on fire” with her painting going for asking prices reaching the seven figures.

A recent retrospective, “Rehearsal” was a new view into the artist’s process. More than 80 previously unseen drawings were presented at Brown’s first ever solo museum exhibition at New York’s Drawing Center. How exactly did Brown chose which ones to display from the hundreds of drawings in her procession? Brown thought it best to showcase those that best showcase her close attention to detail and the intricate discovery process she undergoes as she interprets masterworks. Claire Gilman, a curator at the Drawing Center, perhaps said it best, “You can see real sincerity and how deeply felt this process is for her. She is really grappling with every image.” We couldn’t agree more!

Cecily BrownStrolling Actresses (After Hogarth), 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache and ink, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Cecily Brown.

Here, Ms. Brown derives inspiration from Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” album. 

Image courtesy of: Drawing Center

“Rehearsal”, was an amazing retrospective that closed last month, (December, 2016). Brown’s drawings have always been very private. She never thought to display them until a curator friend suggested she share her amazing drawings so that people could get a glimpse into her intimate process. We are glad someone was able to convince Brown to do just that!

Image courtesy of: W Magazine

Cecily Brown in her New York City studio.

Image courtesy of: Town and Country Magazine, photographed by: Kevin Trageser