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Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin : CECILY BROWN | JUERGEN TELLER - 28 Aug 2015 to 26 Sept 2015

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28 Aug 2015 to 26 Sept 2015
Tue - Sat 10 – 6
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Artists in this exhibition: Cecily Brown, Juergen Teller


CECILY BROWN
THE SLEEP AROUND AND THE LOST AND FOUND

28 AUGUST - 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015

Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to announce the fourth solo exhibition of nine new works by Cecily Brown (*1969, London). 

Cecily Brown’s paintings are often described as works which move between figuration and abstraction – a distinction and categorisation, which interestingly does not arise for the artist herself, who instead wants “the best of both worlds” and “not to describe, but rather invent”. The brushstrokes on the linen are so fluidly and virtuosically placed, the viewer gets the feeling that something organic and alive has taken possession of the painting’s surface. The works initially appear as a whole – it is at first almost impossible to decipher an anchor or point of repose - and thus demands extended viewing. Cecily Brown is inspired by the study of old and new masters. Hogarth and de Kooning play particularly significant roles in this preoccupation, as well as Bosch, Breughel, Degas and Goya, to name just a few. Compositionally however icons of pop-culture, such as record covers can equally play a god fatherly role for the beginnings of a painting, whose finial result the artist never imagines in advance. 

A catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag on the occassion of the exhibition with a text from Terry Myers.

Cecily Brown lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of the artist have been showcased at the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, the Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Gemeente Museum, the Hague, the Macro, Rome and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.

On 18 September, during „Berlin Art Week“, from 6 until 8 pm, there will be a reception in the gallery space in the presence of the artist.

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JUERGEN TELLERTHE CLINIC

28 AUGUST - 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015

“I got tired of smoking and drinking. This clinic is the best thing I’ve done for my body and for my mind.
For my 50th birthday, my cousin Helmut gave me the most profound, beautifuland striking present. He made books out of my Dad’s slide photographs , which were stored and forgotten. Looking at those books made me cry. Dad killing himself, but seeing in those photographs it was not all dark days and realising what a great photographer he was.
Being in Austria in this clinic, I remembered suddenly all those Austrian holidays
and it made me think of those books my cousin made.” Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present the third solo exhibition with Juergen Teller. The artist lives and works in London.

On 18th September, during „Berlin Art Week“ from 6 until 8 pm, there will be a reception in the gallery space in the presence of the artist.


A catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag on the occasion of the exhibition.
For Press and image inquiries, please contact Anna Ballestrem: anna@cfa-berlin.de


"Borrowing more from Dürrenmatt and paraphrasing his idea, I could say that the Teller method could be called “dramaturgical shooting” which the Swiss writer would explain like this: “Dramaturgical thinking (shooting in Teller’s case) can look at the paradox, the inner tension of reality.” Which is what the artist is doing, endlessly looking and capturing the inner tension of reality. The paradox is that no images are at the end ever gratuitous. Each one makes sense. Teller stresses the idea that you can’t remove a piece of the day from the day, otherwise you will end up without the day. Which is not possible unless you choose so and that’s what his father maybe thought at one point.  

It would be too much of a short cut to arrive to the conclusion that the images taken at the clinic match Teller’s picture making and hence for his art are a form of cleansing. Teller’s pictures are a way of coming to terms with the possibility – in his case the fact – that at one point we could feel the need to take a piece out of the day and plunge into the space its void has created."

Excerpt from "The Clinic, or Small Miracles and Early Feelings", Francesco Bonami 2015



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