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The Courtauld | In Conversation with Cecily Brown

January 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For this special Open Courtauld Hour we are pairing up with artist Cecily Brown for an in conversation that focuses on the newly commissioned large-scale painting currently on display at the top of the Courtauld’s staircase. Formulated around Courtauld students questions, this event will allow an intimate insight into the artists studio, her motivations and inspirations.
‘Unmoored from her reflection’, 2021, is on display at the top of the 18th-century staircase at The Courtauld Gallery and is due to be exhibited for three years. In the 18th Century, a painting by Giovanni Battista Cipriani occupied the same location when this part of Somerset House was home to the Royal Academy of Arts. The commission is within close proximity to the Weston Gallery and the LVMH Great Room on the Third Floor of the Gallery which houses the Courtauld’s iconic collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces.
Unmoored from her reflection reflects Cecily Brown’s deep interest in the paintings in the Gallery’s collection. Her work engages with the theme of continuity and renewal in the great tradition of pairing that is so fully reflected in The Courtauld collection by the likes of Rubens, Manet and Kokoschka.
This Open Courtauld Hour, an in conversation between the artist Cecily Brown, Barnaby Wright (Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art) and Leyla Bumbra (Research Forum Programme Manager), will traverse the commission, Cecily’s inspirations, processes and materials. The event will allow attendees to ask Cecily questions about this work.
This online mini series will provide concise one hour packages of pop-up talks, performances and in detail object study sessions that explore and celebrate our collection, research in art history, curation and conservation.
Most importantly, as art is relevant to all, these informal sessions will give attendees the chance to access, engage and read art and art history through a different lens— revamping and rethinking art historical discussions through retelling hidden stories. These episodes will platform new perspectives, new ways into art practice, looking at art and reading its history through themes that impact us all.