• Glenn Brown, The Loves of Shepherds (after ‘Doublestar’ by Tony Roberts), 2000, oil on canvas, 7' 2 3/8“ x 11' 1/4”.

    Glenn Brown

    Tate Liverpool
    Albert Dock
    February 20–May 10, 2009

    Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
    Via Modane, 16
    May 28–September 27, 2009

    Curated by Laurence Sillars and Francesco Bonami

    Working from Auerbach, Dalí, and Rembrandt reproductions, English artist Glenn Brown wildly distorts the scale and coloration of his source material, rendering the familiar strange. His appropriations, extensions of Sherrie Levine’s early challenges to authorship and aura, replace thick brushwork with a Photorealist finish; Brown flattens the paint’s surface, yet gives the illusion of texture with a trompe l’oeil palpability. The result—works with the glossy, glassy surfaces of mechanically reproduced images—sterilizes and negates the painterly touch. This midcareer survey—the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date—brings together some sixty paintings and seven sculptures from 1991 to the present. A catalogue, featuring essays by the curators and artist Michael Stubbs, accompanies the show.