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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


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Glenn Brown

Rembrandt: Britain's Discovery of the Master (group show)
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
7 July - 14 October 2018

Glenn Brown, Unknown Pleasures, 2016 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, Unknown Pleasures, 2016 © Glenn Brown

This exclusive new exhibition, which will only be shown in Edinburgh, reveals how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain evolved over the past 400 years. From early beginnings around 1630, it grew into a mania that gripped collectors and art lovers across the country, reaching a fever pitch in the late-eighteenth century. The exhibition also reveals the profound impact of Rembrandt’s art on the British imagination, by exploring the wide range of native artists whose work has been inspired by the Dutch master, over four centuries, right up to the present day.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh


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The Explorers (Part One) (group show)
V-A-C Foundation, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice
25 May - 22 October 2018

Glenn Brown, Suffer Well, 2007 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, Suffer Well, 2007 © Glenn Brown

Curated by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, the exhibition revisits and expands four displays from the V-A-C collection, first seen at the Whitechapel Gallery from 2014 to 2015. The Explorers who have brought together remarkable finds from the collection, ranging from ancient African figures to iconic masterpieces of the 20th century, are contemporary artists. Each is a leading exponent of one medium – Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a painter and James Richards is a moving image artist; Mike Nelson is a sculptor; Fiona Banner is a creator of text based images and installations They have embarked on a journey through the V-A-C collection and present their discoveries in solo displays. Through their unorthodox installations, each artist also transforms each collection display into a new work of art.

V-A-C Foundation


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Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and his sources (solo show)
Department of Prints & Drawings, British Museum, London
15 May - 22 July 2018

Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown. Photo: Mike Bruce
Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown. Photo: Mike Bruce

Brown'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), a fresh engagement with Rembrandt's graphic oeuvre. The centrepiece, a major new drawing generously donated by the artist, will be shown alongside the Rembrandt print to which it responds. The display illustrates Brown's stylistic development; moving from appropriating found lines to transforming them as the basis of his unique visual language.

Glenn Brown Website


Glenn Brown

Transmutations: What’s Old is New Again (solo show)
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene
18 May 2018 - 19 August 2018

Glenn Brown, Daydream Nation, 2017 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, Daydream Nation, 2017 © Glenn Brown

The JSMA will exhibit eight works by Glenn Brown, selected by new and longtime masterworks collectors. Distinctive in Britain’s contemporary art market, Brown revives the art historical past through delicate acts of appropriation that build upon the legacy of Renaissance and Romantic masters. Seven of the works exemplify the paintings and drawings that comprise the majority of Brown’s oeuvre.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene


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Fantasy Landscapes, Portraits and Beasts (solo show)
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
16 June - 21 October 2018

Glenn Brown, On the Way to the Leisure Centre, 2017 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, On the Way to the Leisure Centre, 2017 © Glenn Brown

In 2017, the Laing Art Gallery was the first recipient of the Contemporary Art Society’s ‘Great Works’ scheme. A spectacular work by Glenn Brown was gifted to the collection, and this exhibition will continue to build on the Laing's relationship with the artist.

Glenn Brown was born in nearby Hexham and is one of the most renowned British artists working today. Known for the use of art historical references in his paintings, Brown appropriates images changing their shape, form, colour, and dimension, traversing artistic time zones from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo through to Impressionism, Expressionism and Surrealism and referencing artists such as Jean Louis Fragonard, Salvador Dalí and John Martin - who was also born in the north east.

This exhibition will feature new works created by Brown, shown alongside his own rehang of the Laing’s painting collection. Curated by the artist, together with Julie Milne, Chief Curator of the Laing, and generously supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery. 

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle