Joan Brown

Date(s) - 05/27/2023 - 09/24/2023
12:00 am

Carnegie Museum Of Art


This exhibition offers a compelling look at the prolific career of a painter who was known for her large-scale, high-key portraits of family, animals and herself.

That artist was painter Joan Brown (1936-1990). She was an active member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, a collection of artists in Northern California who focused on figurative painting.

The exhibition brings together Brown’s early impasto canvases from the late 1950s and early 1960s and her later paintings featuring flat graphic patterns and vivid colors. Portraits of animals, her husbands, and son present diaristic and intimate scenes, while her resplendent self-portraits depict the artist swimming in San Francisco Bay, traveling overseas, or surrounded by an ever-expanding symbology in pursuit of spirituality.

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