Go See – Turin: Glenn Brown Retrospective at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo through October 4, 2009

August 23rd, 2009

Glenn Brown, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
A painting from the Glenn Brown retrospective, currently hosted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is showing paintings by Glenn Brown, in a new exhibition that runs through October 4.  The retrospective, organized in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, is the largest showing of the artist’s work to date, with over sixty paintings on exhibition.  The show, full of works that combines history and science fiction, is curated by Francesco Bonami and Laurence Sillars.

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A painting from the Glenn Brown retrospective, currently hosted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

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Glenn Brown, draws inspiration, comments the Fondazione, from artists like Salvador Dali, who would often fuse the historic and the fantastic in his pieces.  The resulting effect gives viewers an eerie experience: the images depicted are recognizable from their own lives, but at the same time are just slightly, almost imperceptibly off.  Says co-curator Francesco Bonami (loosely translated from the Italian), “The audience is not only forced to look at the picture in front, but also to search for pictures in their memories: viewing a work by Glenn Brown has the disquieting impression of being in front of someone familiar, who was been transformed into someone else or mysteriously acquired that semblance of appearance.”

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
A painting from the Glenn Brown retrospective, currently hosted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Born in 1966 in Hexam, Northumberland, Glenn Brown studied at the Norwich School of Art, the Bath Colege of Higher Education, and Goldsmiths’ College in London.  Primarily a painter, Brown has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin; LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art; the Serpentine Gallery, London; Gagosian Gallery, New York; the Jerwood Gallery, London; Patrick Painter Inc., LA; Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris; and more.  He lives and works in London.

– R. Fogel