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Glenn Brown and his sources

15 May – 22 July 2018


Glenn Brown (b. 1966), Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt). Indian ink and acrylic on polyester film, over cardboard, 2017. © 2018 Glenn Brown. Photo: Mike Bruce. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

British artist Glenn Brown (b. 1966) is best known for his paintings which appropriate works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary, transforming them by altering their colours, scale, and context. This small display features a drawing and prints by Brown, alongside the sources that inspired them, illustrating his stylistic development over the last 10 years.

Here, the artist’s early series of layered portraits based on prints by Rembrandt (1606–1669) and Lucian Freud (1922–2011) is contrasted with his new series Half-Life (2016), which offers a fresh engagement with Rembrandt’s prints. The centrepiece of this display is a major new drawing generously donated by the artist, shown alongside Rembrandt’s print of the goddess Diana to which it responds.

The recent acquisition of works by this contemporary artist offers new perspectives on the Museum’s prints and drawings collection, and simultaneously illuminates our understanding of Brown’s process, situating him in a rich tradition of printmaking.

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