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Glenn Brown, The ever popular dead (after Jupiter Cloudscapes, Adolf Schaller, 1982)

Glenn Brown, The ever popular dead (after Jupiter Cloudscapes, Adolf Schaller, 1982) (2000), oil on panel [Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Mar 29]

Glenn Brown & Rebecca Warren: Collected Works

Rennie Collection
Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC – Oct 26-Mar 29, 2014

Glenn Brown, Anaesthe

Glenn Brown, Anaesthesia (2001), oil on panel [Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Mar 29]


Glenn Brown, Seligsprechung

Glenn Brown, Seligsprechung (2003), oil on panel [Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Mar 29]


Rebecca Warren, Fido

Rebecca Warren, Fido (2006), mixed media [Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Mar 29]


This exhibition marks the first time that Glenn Brown and Rebecca Warren – well known in their native Britain – have shown in Canada. Seven paintings and a sculpture by Brown, together with a series of clay and bronze sculptures by Warren, make up the exhibit.

The pairing of these Turner Prize-nominated artists is a considered one. It highlights the artists’ fascination with the human form, and with the material and technical means they use to return that form to us, often grotesquely through hyperbole.

Both artists draw on a variety of art historical and popular cultural references: Brown, influenced by a broad range of portrait painters from Diego Velázquez to Georg Baselitz, and Warren, by the works of 20th-century artists such as the sculptor Umberto Boccioni and the cartoonist R. Crumb.

At first glance, Brown's oil paintings look like they’re covered in heavy applications of impasto. In fact, however, they are more like the flat digitally reproduced surfaces from which he often works. Warren’s reinforced clay sculptures also show evidence of intense, if provisional, modelling. And, as such, they could have the large bronze cube they are to be displayed with appearing not as a pure form, but in a somewhat impatient if equally transitional position.

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Rebecca Warren, FS XX

Rebecca Warren, FS XX (2006), 3-part, mixed media vitrine [Rennie Collection, Wing Sang Building, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Mar 29]


 Thu, Feb 6, 2014