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Joan Brown

Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, G24

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Joan Brown, The Room, Part 1, 1975, enamel on canvas, 218 ×  × 187 cm, Courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Joan Brown, The Room, Part 1, 1975, enamel on canvas, 218 ×  × 187 cm, Courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery

For Spotlight, Anglim Gilbert Gallery holds a solo presentation of work by Joan Brown. Featuring four large-scale figurative paintings dating from the seventies and two works on paper, the stand presents distinguished examples of the technique and subject matter that Brown developed.

Brown’s large figure compositions created in a stylized, flattened perspective became her forum for life’s encounters and her own self-awareness. Born in the midst of the growing feminist art movement, Brown’s works portray pensive, strong figures (many of which are self-portraits) that can be seen as emblems for self-enlightenment and the challenges of every woman.

Joan Brown (San Francisco, US, 1938-90) attended the San Francisco Art Institute (BA in 1959 and MFA in 1960) and thrived within the core of San Francisco Beat era artists Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, Jay DeFeo, Jess, Wallace Berman and George Herms. By 1960 she was exhibiting work in New York and maintained a rarefied, yet national presence until her death at 52.

Brown taught at both the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and U.C. Berkeley, and was featured in ‘Bad Painting’, the 1978 New Museum exhibition curated by New Museum founder and curator Marcia Tucker. In 1998, her retrospective ‘The Art of Joan Brown’ was shown jointly at the Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley Art Museum. 

Brown’s works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Berkeley Art Museum among others.

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