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Ryan Brown, ‘The Nature of Understanding’, 2017, The Watermill Center Benefit Auction
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Ryan Brown

The Nature of Understanding, 2017

Acrylic, ink, graphite and watercolor on paper over wood
8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in
21.6 × 16.5 cm
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About the work
The Watermill Center Benefit Auction
Medium
Mixed Media
Signature
Signed
Image rights
Courtesy of the Artist
Ryan Brown
American, b. 1977
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Working in whatever medium best suits his message, conceptual artist Ryan Brown has produced performances, paintings, sculptures, photographic series, and installations that both honor and interrogate modern and contemporary art and artists, as well as the historical narratives, manifestos, and market systems upon which they rely. He uses satire and mimicry to send up what he perceives as the preciousness, arrogance, and politics underlying the presentation and consideration of art. In a series of slumped, intentionally ragged-looking mixed media paintings, for example, he displays marred versions of what appear to be a play on Suprematist compositions, whose materials and mode of production he deliberately mislabels. Brown has also photographed and filmed himself performing as such famous artists as Jackson Pollock, calling attention to the frequent blurring of truth and myth in the record of an artist’s life and work.

Ryan Brown, ‘The Nature of Understanding’, 2017, The Watermill Center Benefit Auction
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About the work
The Watermill Center Benefit Auction
Medium
Mixed Media
Signature
Signed
Image rights
Courtesy of the Artist
Ryan Brown
American, b. 1977
Follow

Working in whatever medium best suits his message, conceptual artist Ryan Brown has produced performances, paintings, sculptures, photographic series, and installations that both honor and interrogate modern and contemporary art and artists, as well as the historical narratives, manifestos, and market systems upon which they rely. He uses satire and mimicry to send up what he perceives as the preciousness, arrogance, and politics underlying the presentation and consideration of art. In a series of slumped, intentionally ragged-looking mixed media paintings, for example, he displays marred versions of what appear to be a play on Suprematist compositions, whose materials and mode of production he deliberately mislabels. Brown has also photographed and filmed himself performing as such famous artists as Jackson Pollock, calling attention to the frequent blurring of truth and myth in the record of an artist’s life and work.

Ryan Brown

The Nature of Understanding, 2017

Acrylic, ink, graphite and watercolor on paper over wood
8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in
21.6 × 16.5 cm
Bidding closed
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