Glenn Brown The Day The World Turned Auerbach 1991

Glenn Brown
The Day The World Turned Auerbach 1991
Oil on canvas
56 x 50 cm
Private collection, London © Glenn Brown

This group of works reveals Brown’s appropriation and use of brushwork, as taken from paintings by Frank Auerbach, Karel Appel and Willem De Kooning. Brown has isolated and enlarged small areas of the original paintings that typify their artists’ technique of using thick, expressive layers of paint to convey the character of their sitters. Each brushstroke has been so painstakingly copied that it overpowers the subject of the original work. Yet rather than retain the surface texture of these artists’ works, Brown renders his paintings as flat as a photograph. The result is that the mythical act of the heroic artist with a brush in hand is erased and exposed as nothing but an illusion. ‘I fetishise the brushmark, and treat them like objects to be gazed at in awe, eventually to be mocked.’

Works in this room

You never touch my skin in the way you did and you’ve even changed the way you kiss me 1994
Oil on canvas
152.4 x 122.6 cm
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Butler Family Fund, 1994

The Sound of Music 1995–2007
Table and oil paint
76 x 90 x 80 cm
Collection the artist Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London, I’ll show you something to make you change your mind 1992
Oil on canvas
92 x 82 cm
Private collection

Love Never Dies  1993
(This painting is a citation of the painting by Karel Appel in the Tate Collection: People, Birds and Sun 1954)
Oil on canvas
70 x 49 cm
Steven and Carol Bloch, Omaha, Nebraska

Telstar 1995
Oil on canvas, mounted on board
71.8 x 58.2 cm
Private collection

The Day The World Turned Auerbach 1991
Oil on canvas
56 x 50 cm
Private collection, London