Joan Brown

New Year's Eve #2

1973

enamel on canvas

72 x 84 inches

Joan Brown

The Acrobat #2

1974

enamel on canvas

72 x 84 inches

Joan Brown

Charlie Sava

1973

enamel on canvas

96 x 72 inches

Joan Brown

Grey Cats Guarding Platter

1971

enamel, sparkle on masonite

48 x 96 inches

Joan Brown

Homage to Picasso

 1973

enamel on canvas

84 x 72 inches

Joan Brown

The Colonel in the Garden

1972

enamel on masonite

96 x 48 inches

Joan Brown

Woman with Flamingo

1972

enamel on masonite

48 x 96 inches

Press Release

Major Works from the Early 1970s
Oct 13 - Nov 14, 1992

Starting October 13th the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will show a group of Joan Brown paintings from her estate. The memorial show of last season focused on the many self-portraits she made between 1970 and 1985; the current show explores the little known and immensely creative period between 1970 and 1975. Having withdrawn from exhibiting in order to reformulate her approach to painting, by the early seventies she knew what she wanted, and the flood of works that resulted include some of the finest she was ever to paint.

The paintings on view feature a wide range of subjects: an homage to Picasso; a model with flamingo; an abstracted figure of an acrobat- an early work from a series that continued through the decade; her cats and other close friends. These paintings demonstrate not only the range and vigor of Joan Brown's technique, but also her willingness to take risks and experiment. 

Joan Brown: Major Works from the Early 1970s will run from October 13 through November 14th and will be accompanied by an exhibition folder documenting the works on view. This exhibition will coincide with a memorial exhibition of Joan Brown's work at the Art Museum of the University of California at Berkeley. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery is open from 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.