Hirshhorn Plaza

Directions: Cecily Brown

November 14, 2002 to March 2, 2003
Born in London and based in New York City, painter Cecily Brown (b. 1969) recasts erotically charged scenes into sensuous, abstract, large format paintings made up of vivid colors and gestural brush strokes. 

This show, Brown’s first museum solo exhibition, will feature seven works, including the never-before exhibited “Dogday Afternoon,” 1999, in which the artist used her body to make marks on the canvas, and “Bacchanal,” 2001, a picture that exemplifies her more recent exploration of landscape painting. 

Embracing the medium of traditional oil painting, the artist re-directs and subverts pictorial and thematic strategies invented by Willem de Kooning, Yves Klein, and others. Brown creates a provocative tension between the bold formal qualities of her canvases and the intimate figurative content hidden beneath their abstract layers.

The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Trellis Fund and contributions to the Hirshhorn’s Annual Circle with additional support from Olga Hirshhorn. The “Gallery Talk: Meet the Artist” is supported by The British Council. A free illustrated brochure is available. Directions Gallery, third floor.