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Title
You Never Touch My Skin in the Way You Did and You’ve Even Changed the Way You Kiss Me
Artist
Glenn Brown
Date
1994
Dimensions
unframed 60 × 48.25 × 1.5 inches
Materials
oil on canvas
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Paintings (Paintings)
Accession Number
1994.166
Inscriptions
In ink reverse UL “Glenn Brown 1994”; In ink reverse UL “Glenn Brown 1994”
Physical Description
criss-crossing bars of mixed color. Has very smooth surface and overall appearance of melted multicolored wax
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
Butler Family Fund, 1994

object label Glenn Brown, You Never Touch My Skin in the Way You Did and You’ve Even Changed the Way You Kiss Me (1994) Walker Art Center, 1998

“All of my work concerns itself with notions of reproduction and originality.”–Glenn Brown, 1995

Working from photographs, Glenn Brown remakes and retitles paintings by other artists such as Salvador Dali, Karel Appel, and Frank Auerbach. Unlike the studied imitation of old masters common to 18th-century painting that offered tribute, Brown’s brand of deconstruction suggests a critique of his commercially successful predecessors.

For this work, Brown focused on the central section of Auerbach’s Head of Julia (1983). During a laborious five-month period of painting, Brown replicated Auerbach’s original brush strokes, slightly altering the color, and greatly increasing their scale. Instead of simply reproducing a recognizable image, Brown invites “a slow and ambiguous reading” from the viewer that demands reflection on the process of painting.

Label text for Glenn Brown, You Never Touch My Skin in the Way You Did and You’ve Even Changed the Way You Kiss Me (1994), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

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