Glenn Brown / Rebecca Warren
Publisher: Rennie Collection (31 Mar. 2015)
Exhibition catalogue produced in 2015 on the occasion of the exhibition
Glenn Brown at Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC V6A 159, Canada
24 February - 10 April 2004
Documenting the unprecedented joint exhibition of the Turner-nominated British artists, this richly illustrated publication explores the many common themes found in each practice. Both artists willfully interrogate and refashion standards from the art world's multiple histories. Seen together Brown's paintings and Warren's sculptures acquire new references and new appropriations.
The Brown canvases are a nightmarish review of art history that revises and reframes the work of masters and sci-fi illustrators alike. Included is his first diptych, 'They Threw Us All in a Pit and Built a Monument On Top', which debuted at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and also his massive 'The Ever Popular Dead', which debuted at Brown's Turner Prize show in 2000. Produced between 1997 and 2005, these works represent Brown s broad scope as much as his singular Mannerist vision.
The Warren works are equally disruptive. Her sculptures are mangled and tumescent, responding to the manicured forms of classical statuary by making obvious the kneading and manipulation that calls form into being. Offsetting the clay work is Warren's monolithic 'Cube', a five-foot block of rough-hewn bronze that may remind us of the origins and inscrutable promise of core materials. These works constitute a distinct series originally displayed at the 2006 Tate Triennial.
Glenn Brown's work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at institutions throughout the world, including Tate Liverpool. Rebecca Warren's work has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Serpentine Gallery, New Museum at the Tate Triennial.