On the occasion of the GAM exhibition, James Brown (Los Angeles, 1951) will be showing for the first time in Italy his Firmament series. Created between 2007 and 2010, the work consists of nine large scale paintings accompanied by several preparatory studies. The series is the result of an in-depth research stemming from a wide range of cultural references; from Kandiskij’s artistic and historical concepts in The Spiritual in Art to The Planets Suite by English composer Gustave Holst, and The Cosmos Trilogy, a literary poem by American writer Frederick Seidel. Brown worked on the production of this series during a summer residency at the Ceretto wineries, who promote the collaboration with International artists by inviting them to work in the Piedmont countryside, immersed in the local cultural reality.
James Brown started working in the 1970s between Paris and the United States. He had his first important exhibition in the 1980s at Tony Shfrazi’s Gallery in New York, where he was grouped together with East Village painters and approached graffiti artists such as Basquiat and Keith Haring. In those years he also started to exhibit at Leo Castelli’s and was invited to Europe by Italian art dealer Lucio Amelio to take part in the Terrae Motus project. Brown’s work bares the influence of the great masters of abstract expressionism and gestural style, Rothko, Tapies, and Twombly.