Cecily Brown at Blenheim Palace is a major exhibition of over thirty new works by the celebrated British painter. Cecily Brown is the seventh contemporary artist to be invited by Blenheim Art Foundation, and this is the first exhibition in the Foundation’s programme to be comprised entirely of new work created in response to the Palace, and the first devoted to contemporary painting.
For this exhibition, Brown has developed a significant new body of work responding to Blenheim Palace’s history as an English country estate and as the home to successive generations of the Spencer-Churchill family and their world-renowned permanent collection of paintings, tapestries and decorative arts. Through this timely exhibition of paintings, drawings, monotypes, and a new textile, Brown addresses the portrayal and conservation of British ruling class heritage through images of soldierly valour and pastoral leisure.
About the exhibition
About the Artist
Cecily Brown (British, b.1969) was born in London, England, and studied at the Slade School of Art, becoming influenced by the work of early Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at several prominent institutions, including MoMA PS1 in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Gagosian Gallery in London, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. In 2018–19, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, presented an overview of her career. In the same year, she exhibited two large paintings in the main hall of the Metropolitan Opera, New York - and was the first artist invited to do so since Marc Chagall in 1966. In September 2020, she opened her major exhibition at Blenheim Palace. The exhibition closed on 8 February 2021.
Michael Frahm is the Director of multi-award-winning Blenheim Art Foundation, overseeing a programme of large-scale solo exhibitions of contemporary art at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. The foundation opened in October 2014 with a critically- acclaimed retrospective of Ai Weiwei’s work, followed by exhibitions by Lawrence Weiner, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jenny Holzer, Yves Klein, Maurizio Cattelan and, in 2020, Cecily Brown. Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace was awarded the Global Fine Art Award for ‘Best Public Exhibition’. Michael has also been involved in a number of projects around the world, including curating Ai Weiwei’s first exhibition in Greece at the Cycladic Museum in 2016.
Helen Neven is researcher and content coordinator for Blenheim Art Foundation. She has assisted on the delivery of five exhibitions at Blenheim Palace since 2016 and oversees interpretation and visitor engagement.
Aphrodite Gonou based in London (MA in art History, Sothebys Institute/Machester University, and MBA in Finance, City University, London with a dissertation on the Art Market) has worked at Christies, in Athens and Sadie Coles HQ, Gallery in London and has been advising private collections and foundations for more than 15 years, including the Kenny Goss and George Michael Foundation, Dallas TX. Aphrodite Gonou advises the contemporary program of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens since 2007, including solo shows by Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, Stefanos Tsivopoulos,Thomas Struth, Ai Weiwei among others, group shows by guest curators Jessica Morgan and Gregor Muir and collaborations with DESTE foundation, NEON, radio athenes. Aphrodite Gonou has served on the board of Chisenhale Gallery and the Chisenhale Development Committee and has given lectures at Sothebys Institute, London and Frieze Academy, London.
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