Installation view of Feliciano Centurión: I Am Awake (1992 – 1996). Cecilia Brunson Projects, London (19 Sept - 13 Dec 2019)
Founded in London in 2013 by Cecilia Brunson, Cecilia Brunson Projects (CBP) is known for its specialist programming that increases the visibility and understanding of Latin American artists and their role in global art movements. The gallery uncovers overlooked Latin American artist’s estates and supports contemporary Latin American artists. This mission is centred around a carefully curated exhibition programme at CBP’s gallery space in Bermondsey, London.
CBP has established a reputation for introducing London audiences to some of the major figures of modern and contemporary Latin American art, including Waltercio Caldas, Willys de Castro, Paz Errázuriz, Coco Fusco, and Alfredo Volpi. The gallery has also uncovered the careers of pivotal 20th century artists, such as Feliciano Centurión, Victor Magariños D. and Katie van Scherpenberg. By exhibiting these artists’ work, CBP has reinserted key figures back into a global narrative of 20th century art. In 2018, three of CBP’s artists were featured in the 33rd São Paulo Biennial (Claudia Fontes, Alejandro Corujeira and Feliciano Centurión). In 2021, CBP presented a selection of works by Feliciano Centurión within the curated Spotlight section of Frieze Masters. 2021 also saw the institutional acquisitions of various works by gallery artists. A series of works by Lucía Pizzani were acquired by the Tate, London; a series by Paz Errázuriz was acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and a work by Claudia Fontes was acquired by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
CBP’s founder, Cecilia Brunson, has attracted worldwide recognition for her pioneering work in Latin American art over the last two decades.
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and moved to New York in 1992. She obtained two Master’s degrees: in Art History from Bard College, and subsequently in Curatorial Studies from the Centre for Curatorial Studies. In 2001 she became Exhibition Coordinator at The Americas Society, New York, and later Associate Curator of Latin American Art at The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, which holds one of the largest and most significant public collections of Latin American art in the world.
In 2006 Cecilia began working as the Latin American Correspondent for Artforum and founded INCUBO, a not-for-profit residency programme for international curators based in Santiago, Chile. Moving to London in 2009, Cecilia co-founded the AMA Fellowship, an annual grant enabling a Chilean artist to participate in the Gasworks Residency Program in London.
As well as running the gallery, which she set up in 2013, Cecilia has also curated a number of public exhibitions including José Leonilson: Empty Man at the Americas Society in 2018.