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Glenn Brown

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Glenn Brown is an English artist and painter who appropriates images created by living, working artists, such as Frank Auerbach and Howard Hodgkin, as well as images by artists more established in the historical canon, such as Rembrandt or Salvador Dalí. Brown's paintings, which are uniformly smooth in surface, typically offer a trompe l'oeil illusion of turbulent, painterly application.

There was some controversy over his exhibition at the 2000 Turner Prize, as one of the paintings was closely based on a science-fiction illustration Double Star produced in 1973 by the artist Tony Roberts. Brown has also appropriated individual space scene paintings by Chris Foss and in the one case copying and altering it (Exercise One (for Ian Curtis), 1995) and in the other, leaving it entirely unchanged (Dark Angel (for Ian Curtis), 2002). This gave rise to a charge of plagiarism. The resulting legal action was eventually settled by Brown out of court.

In 2009, Brown claimed that "to make something up from scratch is nonsensical. Images are a language. It’s impossible to make a painting that is not borrowed — even the images in your dreams refer to reality."


Glenn Brown Biography
1966   Born in Hexham, Northumberland, England
1985   Foundation Course, Norwich School of Art, Norwich, United Kingdom
1988   Attended Bath College of Higher Education, Bath, United Kingdom
1990 - 1992   M.A. in Fine Art, Goldsmiths' College, London, England
  Lives and works in London, England
Selected Exhibitions
2006   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005   Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005   Glenn Brown, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
2004   Heißkalt
Sammlung Scharpff, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart;
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany (catalog) (group)
2004   Serpentine Gallery, London, England
2004   Gagosian Gallery, New York, Ny
2003   Dreams and Conflicts: The Viewer's Dictatorship - Delays and Revolutions
Padiglione Italia, 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (group)
2003   Pittura/Paintings - from Rauschenberg to Murakami 1964 - 2003
Museo Correr, Venice, Italy(group)
2003   M ARS - Art and War
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (group)
2002   Sao Paulo Biennale: Iconografias Metropolitanas
Sao Paulo, Brazil (group)
2002   Melodrama
Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporano, Spain;
Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada (group)
2002   Lieber Maler, male mir (Cher Peintre, Peins-Moi; Dear Painter Paint Me)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France;
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria;
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (group)
2002   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2002   From Saatchi Gift
Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, United Kingdom (group)
2002   Painting as a Foreign Language
Edifico Cultura Inglesa, Centro Brasileiro Britanico, Sao Paolo, Brazil (group)
2002   Landscape
Saatchi Gallery, London, England(group)
2001   Passion
Galerie Ascan Crone, Berlin and Hamburg, Germany (group)
2001   Azerty
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (group)
2001   Patric Painter Inc., Los Angeles, CA
2001   Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany
2000   Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d´Art Contemporain, Bignan, France (catalogue)
2000   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
2000   The British Art Show 5
Edinburgh, Scotland
Southampton, England;
Cardiff; Wales;
Birmingham, England (group)
2000   Salon
Delfina Project Space, London, England (group)
2000   Hypermental Rampart Reality 1950-2000, from Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland;
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany;
Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (group)
2000   The Turner Price 2000
Tate Modern, London, England (group)
2000   Suite Substitute IV: Beautiful Strangers
Hotel du Rhone, Geneva, Switzerland (group)
2000   Futuro - Decadent Art and Architecture
Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff, Wales (group)
2000   Glenn Brown, Julie Mehreti, Peter Rostovsky
The Project, New York, NY (group)
2000   The Wreck of Hope
The Nunnery Gallery, Bow, London, England (group)
2000   Blue
New Art Gallery, Walsall, England (group)
2000   Little Angels
Houldsworth Fine Art, London, England (group)
2000   Examining Painting
Armand Hammer, University of California, CA (group)
1999   Disaster
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, England (group)
1999   Day of Donkey Day
Transmission, Glasgow, Scotland (group)
1999   John Moores 21
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England (group)
1999   Fresh Paint, Recent Acquisitions from the Frank Cohan Collection
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland (group)
1999   Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Paintings
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England;
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL;
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (group)
1999   Holding Cour
Entwistle, London, England (group)
1999   Patrick Painter, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
1999   Jerwood Gallery, London, England
1998   Patrick Painter, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
1998   It's a Curse, It's a Burden
The Approach, London, England (group)
1998   Cluster Bomb
Morrison Judd, London, England (group)
1998   Secret Victorians
First Sight, Colchester, England;
Arnolfini, Bristol, England;
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England;
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (group)
1998   Abstract Painting, Once Removed
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX;
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO(group)
1998   New Work
Patrick Painter, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (group)
1997   Sensation
Royal Academy of Art, London, England;
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany;
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY (group)
1997   Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (group)
1997   Pure Fantasy
Oriel Mostyn, Llandudo, North Wales, England (group)
1997   Treasure Island
Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro de Arte Moderna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao, Lisbon, Portugal (group)
1997   Belladonna
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England (group)
1997   Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
1996   Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, United Kingdom
1996   Glenn Brown, Peter Doig, Jim Hodges, Adriana Varejao
Galerie Ghilaine Hussenot, Paris, France (group)
1996   21 Days of Darkness
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (group)
1996   Brilliant: New Art from London
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA (group)
1996   Ace: Arts Council Collection New Purchases
Hatton Gallery, New Castle upon Tyne, England;
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, England;
Oldham Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, London, England;
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England;
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England;
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England;
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Ireland (group)
1996   Out of Space
Cole and Cole, Oxford, England (group)
1996   Strange Days
The Agency, London, England (group)
1996   The Jerwood Painting Prize
Lethaby Galleries, Central Saint Martin's College, London, England (group)
1996   Fernbedienung: Does Television Inform the Way Art is Made?
Kunstverein Graz, Austria (group)
1996   About Vision, New British Painting in the 1990's
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England (group)
1995   From Here
Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert, London, England (group)
1995   Summer Group Show
Karsten Schubert, London, England (group)
1995   Brilliant: New Art from London
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (group)
1995   Young British Artists V
Saatchi Collection, London, England (group)
1995   Obsession
The Tannery, London, England (group)
1995   Painters' Opinion
Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (group)
1995   That's Not The way To Do It
Project Space, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, England (group)
1995   Karsten Schubert Gallery, London
1994   Every Now and Then
Rear Window at Richard Salmon Ltd, London, England (group)
1994   Here and Now
Serpentine Gallery, London, England (group)
1994   Summer Group Show: Gallery Artists
Karsten Schubert, London, England (group)
1993   Barclay's Young Artist Award
Serpentine Gallery, London, England (group)
1993   Re-Present
Todd Gallery, London, England (group)
1993   Launch
Curtain Road Arts, London, England (group)
1993   Painting Invitational
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (group)
1993   Mandy Loves Declan 100%
Boote Gallery, New York, NY (group)
1992   Surface Values
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, England (group)
1992   How Did These Children Come To Be Like That
Goldsmiths' Gallery, London, England (group)
1992   With Attitude
Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Belgium (group)
1991   Group Show
Todd Gallery, London, England (group)
1990   B T New Conte
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England:
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England;
Dean Clough, Halifax, England;
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England;
Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, Ireland;
Third Eye Center, Glasgow, Scotland;
I.C.A., London, England (group)
1989   Christie's New Contemporaries
Royal College of Art, London, England (group)
1989   B T New Contempo
I.C.A., London, England;
Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England;
South Hill Park, Braknell;
Dean Clough, Halifax, England;
Brewery Arts Center, Kendal, England (group)
Recent Exhibits

Glenn Brown participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Galerie Max Hetzler - Paris
May, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Gagosian Gallery- 21st St.
May, 2014 STANZE / ROOMS - Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
me Collectors Room Berlin
Nov, 2013 REMEMBER EVERYTHING : 40 Years Galerie Max Hetzler
Galerie Max Hetzler (Oudenarder Straße)
Nov, 2013 Schilderijen van Glenn Brown naast oude meesters
Frans Hals Museum
Jul, 2013 Destruction to Utopia
Patrick Painter Inc.
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