Many of her paintings are titled after movie musicals, as in the case of Father of the Bride (1999; Buffalo, NY Albright-Knox A.G.), where the paint quality becomes the focus of the subject-matter, with pastel-coloured swirls threatening to engulf the figure of a man. Brown's work has a humour and a passion that take on the legacy of the male Abstract Expressionists and overturn their epic compositions, using her interest in paint to present mocking sexual imagery in a disturbing combination of sensuality and repulsion.
The New Neurotic Realism (exh. cat., essay D. Price, London, Saatchi Gal., 1998)
Cecily Brown (exh. cat., essays R. Evren and A. H. Holmes, New York, Gagosian Gal., 2000)
CATHERINE M. GRANT
10 December 2000
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