Installation view of Kazumi Nakamura's exhibition, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, 2021
© Kazumi Nakamura, courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo, photo by Keizo Kioku
Blum & Poe
Blum & Poe was founded by Timothy Blum and Jeffrey Poe in Santa Monica, California, in September of 1994 as a space to show local and international contemporary art in all media. Throughout its 26-year history, Blum & Poe has shaped the trajectory of contemporary art by championing artists at all stages of their careers—cultivating the lineages that run between emerging and established practices, and working with artist estates to generate new discourse
surrounding historical work.

In 2014, Blum & Poe opened galleries in New York and Tokyo. In its Tokyo space, the gallery has held museum-caliber surveys, examining the historical work of movements such as the Japanese Mono-ha school (2012), the Korean Dansaekhwa monochrome painters (2014), the European Postwar movement CoBrA (2015), and Japanese art of the 1980s and 90s (2019), as well as a rereading of Brazilian Modernism (2019).

The gallery also launched Blum & Poe Broadcasts, an online platform showcasing artists’ projects in conjunction with physical installations or as standalone digital endeavors, in 2020.
Blum & Poe
Harajuku Jingu-no-mori 5F, 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Exhibition Information
Cecily Brown
October 22, 2021 – January 15, 2022
Blum & Poe is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Cecily Brown. This is the first solo show in Japan which will feature her paintings in the gallery space overlooking the Meiji Jingu forest.

Brown (b. 1969, London; lives and works in New York City) attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London, receiving a BFA in painting in 1993. A year later she relocated to New York City, distancing herself from a London art scene dominated by the new media–oriented Young British Artists. Brown’s aesthetic reality pulsates with excess: The human experience becomes fragmented through her rendition of sensually textured oil paintings. Displacing the male hand with a new projective lens and critique, Brown creates a sensitive and directive chaos to disassemble classical notions of genre and gender. Ambiguous images emerge in the paintings, frequently with erotic or subversive subject matter. These dynamic canvases, rhythmically cohesive, exude a sense of ordered chaos; spontaneity and unpredictability are essential factors in her approach.
Cecily Brown, This must be the place, 2017-2021
©Cecily Brown, courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo, photo by Genevieve Hanson