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Joan Brown in "The Students" at George Adams

George Adams Gallery, Side gallery

April 25 – June 1, 2019

Press Release

In the side gallery is The Students, a suite of eight paintings on paper from 1982 by Joan Brown (1938-1990). Each work depicts a cat armed with a palette and paintbrush, examining in turn depictions of cats and women from various ancient civilizations. As an avid student of the ancient world, from 1977 on Brown made regular expeditions to Egypt, China, Japan, South America, Mexico, India and beyond. She was fascinated by the parallels that exist between various belief systems, particularly how such ideas were expressed through art and architecture. The cat in these drawings – which one can assume to be Brown, a cat-lover – is at turns confused and contemplative, but ultimately satisfied, walks off, perhaps to the studio to make use of this newfound knowledge.

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Joan Brown on view at SFMOMA in "Wayne Thiebaud Artist’s Choice" Thru March 10, 2019
Joan Brown,  Green Bowl , 1964; oil on canvas, 22 in. x 36 1/4 in. (55.88 cm x 92.08 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Evelyn D. Haas; © The Joan Brown Estate.

Joan Brown, Green Bowl, 1964; oil on canvas, 22 in. x 36 1/4 in. (55.88 cm x 92.08 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Evelyn D. Haas; © The Joan Brown Estate.

In two side-by-side exhibitions, Northern California–based artist Wayne Thiebaud’s own work is featured alongside paintings by others that he personally selected from SFMOMA’s collection.

Thiebaud (b. 1920) first visited SFMOMA in 1942, when he was just 22 years old, and has had a close relationship with the museum ever since. For Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice, he delved deep into the museum’s storage vault. His choices include both old friends and new discoveries by European Modernists Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, American painters George Ault and Georgia O’Keeffe, California peers Richard Diebenkorn and John McLaughlin, and more recent canvases by Katherine Porter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Drawn from SFMOMA’s collection, the selection of works in Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings spans 50 years of the artist’s career, from his classic still life Confections (1962) to his grand landscape Canyon Mountains (2011–12). Get a firsthand look at the creative process behind Thiebaud’s lushly painted, richly hued works, from beginning sketch to finished painting.

Joan Brown on view at MOCA LA in "One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art" Thru Mar. 11, 2019

MOCA presents an ambitious exhibition inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962)One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art features approximately thirty artists and more than 100 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and sound dating from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition is conceived as a cross between a monographic exhibition and a group show—an experiment in exhibition-making in the spirit of Farber’s call for an art of “both observing and being in the world.” Originally appearing in Film Culture magazine, “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” was written as a screed against the idea of the masterpiece and works of art produced by “overripe technique shrieking with preciosity, fame, ambition.” Farber championed art that was committed to observation, deep attention, and the unique temporalities of the quotidian. In his words, the production of termite art is a process of “journeying in which the artist seems to be ingesting both the material of his art and the outside world through horizontal coverage.” One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art takes Farber’s idea of termite art as a starting point for assembling works by a diverse group of contemporary artists who explore the problems and pleasures of the everyday. 

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Dike Blair, Joan Brown, Beverly Buchanan, Jordan Casteel, Vija Celmins, Leidy Churchman, Moyra Davey, Taylor Davis, Tacita Dean, Manny Farber, Fischli & Weiss, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jennifer Guidi, Maurice Harris, Roni Horn, Kahlil Joseph, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Chris Marker, Josiah McElheny, Roy McMakin, Rodney McMillian, Aliza Nisenbaum, Catherine Opie, Patricia Patterson, Quintron, Charles Ray, Rachel Rose, Sue Schardt, Nancy Shaver, Lorna Simpson, Becky Suss, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Jonas Wood. 

Curator: Helen Molesworth 
Curatorial Assistant: Rebecca Lowery