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Joan Brown at Anglim Gilbert, May 9 - June 22

Anglim gilbert presents Joan Brown: The Authentic Figure

May 9 - June 22, 2019

Reception: Saturday, May 11th, 4:00-7:00pm

Press Release

Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present The Authentic Figure, a solo exhibition of works on paper, paintings, and prints by Joan Brown (b. 1938 - d. 1990).

A San Francisco artistic icon, Brown’s expressive portraiture is steeped in self-determination. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she was one of the few women associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement and the Rat Bastard Protective Association — the legendary artists’ collective that included Bruce and Jean Conner, Manuel Neri, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, and Jay DeFeo, among others. At the outset of her career, Brown distinguished herself from her cohort with loose, impasto renderings of personal subject matter, closely examining her immediate surroundings and internal thoughts.

While Brown’s approach to painting underwent a major stylistic shift in the early seventies, the essential concerns of her artistic practice remained clearly focused on the potential for self actualization. Her immediate, flattened depictions of women, animals, and spiritual entities, became a means to invite an audience into her lived experience.

During this time, she also maintained a rigorous life drawing practice. For Brown, committing to this fundamental compositional exercise fed her artistic agility. Studying the figure at length equated to an increased ability to render the thoughtful, deeply human characteristics that have become the hallmark of her work. Brown said of this process:

“After a long time dealing with the nude, you become very involved only with seeing and in that state of near-boredom, you are free to experiment with the expressions of pure form.” — Joan Brown, University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1974

More than fifteen of these never-before-exhibited works on paper will be on view, as well as a number of Brown’s later paintings and lithographs. Year of the Tiger, Bather #7, Portrait of Donald, and Portrait of Leela, in particular, feature Brown’s allegory of choice — cats that intently meet the gaze of the viewer. Much like the artist herself, these animals are perceptive symbols of empowerment and self-knowledge.

Joan Brown taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of California, Berkeley, where she was a favorite and influential instructor. In 1998, the retrospective exhibition, The Art of Joan Brown, curated by Karen Tsujimoto and Jacquelynn Baas, was shown jointly at the Oakland Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. Brown’s works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum, MoMA New York, LACMA, SFMOMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, BAMPFA, and the Carnegie Museum.

Joan Brown in "30 Years: Frumkin/Adams" at George Adams, thru Dec. 22

November 8 – December 22, 2018

Joan Brown ,  The Message #1,  1977, enamel on canvas, 96 x 78 inches, © The Joan Brown Estate.

Joan Brown, The Message #1, 1977, enamel on canvas, 96 x 78 inches, © The Joan Brown Estate.

George Adams Gallery

531 West 26th Street
First Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.564.8480

During the months of November and December the George Adams Gallery will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a group exhibition highlighting the breadth of the gallery’s programming. The exhibition will feature a selection of works by artists from the gallery’s history, ranging from key figures from the Bay Area, important realist painters, a generation of Latin American artists and contemporary artists more recently associated with the gallery.

George Adams joined the Allan Frumkin Gallery in 1980 and became a partner, forming the Frumkin/Adams Gallery, in 1988. At Frumkin’s retirement in 1995, Adams assumed sole ownership and the gallery took on its present identity as George Adams Gallery. A year later the gallery moved from 50 West 57 Street, its home for over 25 years, across the street to 41 West 57 Street, then, in 2005, to Chelsea, into the gallery’s first designed and built space at 531 West 26th Street.

While by 1980 artists such as Arneson, Azaceta, Beal, Beckman, Brown, De Forest, Hudson, Leslie, McGarrell, Pearlstein, Saul, Shaw, Valerio, Westermann and Wiley had established relationships with the gallery, those partnerships only continued to grow under Adams’ direction and many of that group continue to be a core part of the gallery’s program. In the following decades, Adams expanded the roster, adding artists such as Arnold, Barsness, Bedia, Capote, Chagoya, Chin, Dill, Edison, Kobaslija, Lenaghan, Leipzig, Palazyan, Roche-Rabell, Treiman and Ueda to the gallery, in many cases giving them their first solo exhibitions in New York.

As the gallery enters its fourth decade, it continues to draw on this rich heritage while also introducing and promoting emerging and under-recognized artists. Recently the gallery presented a 40-year survey of San Jose artist Tony May, his first solo show in New York. Planned for the new year is painter Chris Ballantyne’s New York debut, followed by a survey of Bay Area sculptor Jeremy Anderson. The gallery will return to the ADAA Art Show in February with a presentation of figurative paintings by Elmer Bischoff and in the spring, an exhibition of new paintings by Amer Kobaslija.

Jeremy Anderson, Robert Arneson, Chester Arnold, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Chris Ballantyne, Robert Barnes, James Barsness, Jack Beal, William Beckman, Jose Bedia, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Yoan Capote, Enrique Chagoya, Mel Chin, Don Colley, Peter Dean, Roy De Forest, Valerie Demianchuk, Lesley Dill, Diane Edison, Manny Farber, Gregory Gillespie, Robert Hudson, Amer Kobaslija, Ansel Krut, Charles Marsh, James McGarrell, Arthur Leipzig, Andrew Lenaghan, Alfred Leslie, Tony May, Ron Nagle, Rosana Palazyan, Philip Pearlstein, Arnoldo Roche-Rabell, Peter Saul, Richard Shaw, James Surls, Joyce Treiman, Kako Ueda, James Valerio, H.C. Westermann, William T. Wiley, Sandy Winters, Philip Wofford