Joan Brown at UNTITLED, Jan. 12-14, 2018

San Francisco 2018
Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Booth #C2
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to participate in the UNTITLED, San Francisco art fair, presented this year at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Facing the Pacific Fact is a presentation that explores art made with critical awareness of West Coast culture. The cross-pollination of Eastern and Western civilizations results in a fusion of Asian and European imagery and ideas. Living on the edge of a land mass in geological and climate transition, these artists incorporate the politics of this region, one of the world’s top economies that more and more artists feel defines a state of mind. The presentation includes Joan Brown, Deborah Butterfield, Bruce Conner, Bruno Fazzolari, Jacob Hashimoto, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Judith Linhares, Tom Marioni, John Roloff, Robert Stone, Catherine Wagner, Martin Wong, and John Zurier.

Joan Brown (1938-1990) was a San Francisco native whose career as a painter was the vehicle for her exploration of myriad possibilities for self-awareness. Taking the Pacific Ocean as a literal and physical challenge, she swam in it and chronicled this vision quest metaphor in paintings. This rite of passage opened up her engagement with Asian religions.

Joan Brown at Frieze Masters, Oct. 5-8

Please join Anglim Gilbert Gallery at Frieze Masters this year as they spotlight Joan Brown.

October 5 – 8,
Booth #G24
Regent’s Park, London

Anglim Gilbert Gallery will present four of Joan Brown’s large-scale figurative paintings dating from the seventies and two works on paper, all 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 self-portraits) that can be seen as emblems for self-enlightenment and the challenges of every woman.

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“Joan Brown: In Living Color” opening September 9th, Richmond Art Center

Please join us!

Exhibition Dates: September 12 — November 18, 2017

Opening Reception: September 9, 2017 at 7pm

Richmond Art Center

2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

An exhibition of works on paper, Joan Brown : In Living Color, reflects the bold originality and the continued impact Brown has had on artists, educators, and collectors in the Bay Area and beyond. Joan Brown’s deep determination and humanistic commitment catalyzed artists in the San Francisco Bay Area to forge a path against the grain of formalism in upholding the narrative. The core of Joan Brown’s life and experiences became the subject of her art.

Joan Brown : In Living Color reveals the intimate and personal in the renderings of an artist who never stopped drawing. Any piece of paper could be taken in hand for notation of child, cat, dream, or view of oneself. Many of these works come from the artist’s estate and have never been exhibited publicly.

We are deeply grateful to the following individuals and organizations who have generously sponsored this exhibition:

Susan and Steve Chamberlin
Jacobs & CO
Jay DeFeo Foundation
James Curtis III
City of Richmond
Susan and Thomas Newmeyer
Elizabeth D. Moyer and Michael C. Powanda

For more information, please also visit

Model with Foot on Table
Acrylic, graphite, and ink on paper
36 x 24 in.
Estate of Joan Brown courtesy Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco

Joan Brown at Inglett Gallery, NY, April 27 – June 3, 2017

Curated by Anastasia Aukeman

April 27 – June 3, 2017

Book signing: Saturday, April 29, 4-6PM

SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY, 522 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011

Susan Inglett Gallery is pleased to present Rat Bastard Protective Association, a group exhibition organized by Dr. Anastasia Aukeman, author of Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association (University of California Press, 2016). Through gallery ephemera and more than 40 works by 10 artists, the exhibition documents the activities and artistic production of the Rat Bastard Protective Association (RBPA), an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists and poets who lived and worked together in a building they dubbed “Painterland” in the Fillmore neighborhood of mid-century San Francisco. The idiosyncratic group included Wallace Berman, Bob Branaman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms, Wally Hedrick, Manuel Neri, and Michael McClure, among other, less constant members.

Eager to consolidate his inclusion in the artistic community in and around 2322 Fillmore Street, or “Painterland,” when he arrived in San Francisco in September 1957, Bruce Conner placed himself firmly at the center of the cohort by forming the Rat Bastard Protective Association and naming himself its president. Conner derived the name by combining the name of a San Francisco trash collection company, the Scavengers Protective Association, with a slur picked up at the gym. The art practices of these Northern California artists in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated broader social and artistic discussions throughout the United States and carved out an important place for West Coast activities for decades to come.

The Rat Bastard Protective Association exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery will be the second since 1958, when the group led a parade to the opening of their exhibition at the Spatsa Gallery on Filbert Street in San Francisco. (The first, also curated by Aukeman, was mounted at the Landing in Los Angeles in Fall 2016.) We are grateful for the cooperation of the estates and institutions lending works to the exhibition, including The Conner Family Trust, The Jay DeFeo Foundation, the Estate of Wally Hedrick, and the Stockwell Collection.


George Herms

Bruce Conner

Wallace Berman

Robert Branaman

Joan Brown

Jean Conner

Jay DeFeo

Wally Hedrick

Michael McClure

Manuel Neri

Dr. Anastasia Aukeman is an art historian, curator, and professor at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Joan Brown Herself: Paintings and Constructions, 1970-1980 at CB1-G

at CB1-G
1923 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles
March 12 – April 23, 2016

Press Release

Joan Brown Christmas Time 1970 (Joan & Noel), 1970 Oil enamel on masonite 96 x 48 inches

Joan Brown
Christmas Time 1970 (Joan & Noel), 1970
Oil enamel on masonite
96 x 48 inches

During March and April the GEORGE ADAMS GALLERY will present a special exhibition of paintings and constructions by JOAN BROWN (1938-1990) at CB1-G in LOS ANGELES. A survey of eleven self-portraits made between 1970 and 1980, the period during which Brown firmly established herself as an artist with a unique vision, most of the works on view have never been previously shown in Los Angeles.

By the early 1960s Joan Brown was already celebrated for her colorful, heavily impastoed figurative paintings and her work featured in regular exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States. Yet in 1965, feeling stylistically constrained by her association with the Bay Area Figurative movement, she withdrew from gallery exhibitions and retreated into her studio in order to redefine herself artistically. After a hiatus of several years, Brown reemerged with a highly introspective body of work that focused primarily on the self-portrait, portraying herself as she was: a complicated and at times contradictory set of personas. In these paintings Joan is not only an artist but also a daughter, wife, mother, lover, athlete, dancer, world traveler, and mystic, all subjects she continued to explore until her premature death in 1990.

JOAN BROWN HERSELF begins chronologically with examples of four enamel on masonite paintings from the early 1970s; notably “Christmas Time (Noel and Joan)” (1970) and “Parts of A Woman” (1972). Additional works include two constructions in cardboard and string, “Luxury Liner” and ”The Smoker” (1973) as well as two large-scale canvases, “Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby” (1975) and “The Kiss” (1976). The exhibition continues chronologically with an example of her late-70s immersion in spirituality, “Cosmic Nurse” (1978), and concludes with “Self-portrait at Age 42” (1980), one of many “birthday” self-portraits she painted over the course of her career.

JOAN BROWN HERSELF will be on view at CB1-G from Saturday, March 12th through Saturday, April 23rd. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 5 or by appointment.

CB1-G (Guest) is a freestanding pop-up venue at the new location, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., exhibiting solo, two person or group exhibitions of both contemporary and historical art disciplines presented by national and international dealers. CB1-G provides the opportunity for an in-depth, repeat visitor experience to see works of art not regularly seen in Los Angeles.

AUDIO TOURS: Joan Brown in ‘About Face’ exhibition, LA, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, through Aug. 29 2015

The below audio tours are courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery for their 2015 group exhibition ‘About Face.’

Curator Kristina Kite on Joan Brown’s ‘Summer Solstice’ (1982) and Dianna Molzan’s ‘Untitled’ (2015):

Brian Calvin on Joan Brown’s ‘Self-Portrait at 42’ (1980):

Siobhan McDevitt on Joan Brown’s ‘Family Portrait’ (1981):

Moira Macbuqaire reads Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno, Fragment B in response to Joan Brown: