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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

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


Glenn Brown

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


Glenn Brown

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


Glenn Brown

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