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Glenn Brown

True Faith (group show)
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
30 June - 3 September 2017

Glenn Brown, Dark Angel, 2002. Courtesy of the artist
Glenn Brown, Dark Angel, 2002. Courtesy of the artist

True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

Curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York and author and film-maker Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith is centred on four decades’ worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.

Also featuring Peter Saville’s seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos, fashion and posters from John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provides a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands. The exhibition will also present a selection of rarely seen personal materials, including original hand written lyrics.

Joy Division was formed in 1976 in Salford by guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner and bass player Peter Hook. Singer Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris completed the line-up. After Curtis’ death in 1980 the remaining members, together with Gillian Gilbert, formed New Order, becoming one of the most influential bands of the decade.

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester


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Glenn Brown

Art & Architecture Conference
The Royal Institution, London
6 October 2017, 10:00am - 4:30pm

What is the relationship between art and architecture? What makes a great space for art? How do buildings inform what and how we see? Leading architects will be in conversation with museum directors, gallerists and artists to discuss major international projects and the role of architecture in shaping the cultural landscape.
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Artists Pablo Bronstein and Glenn Brown talk to frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock about their respective renovations of 17th-century homes – a terraced house on the Kent coast and a Suffolk country manor – and this influence of the Baroque on their artistic practices.

Frieze


Glenn Brown

Piaceri Sconosciuti (solo show)
Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence
10 June - 26 October 2017

Glenn Brown, The Shallow End, 2011. Courtesy the artist.
Glenn Brown, The Shallow End, 2011. Courtesy the artist.

The Stefano Bardini Museum is thrilled to announce a major exhibition by Glenn Brown, from 10th June to 26th October. Mining art history and popular culture, Glenn Brown has created an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. His mannerist impulses stem from a desire to breathe new life into the extremities of historical form. Through reference, appropriation, and investigation, he presents a contemporary reading of images new and remembered.  Borrowed figures and landscapes are subjected to a thoughtful and extended process of development in which they gradually transform into compelling, exuberant entities. In sophisticated compositions that fuse diverse histories—the Renaissance, Impressionism, Surrealism—Brown creates a space where the abstract and the visceral, the rational and irrational, the beautiful and grotesque, churn in a dizzying amalgamation of reference and form.

Glenn Brown Website