Bay Area Figurative Art – Joan and the boys

Joan Brown, "Fur Rat," 1962 wood, chicken wire, raccoon fur, 20.5" x 54" x 12" Gift of the artist to the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive. Quote pulled from online description: "'Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we will die' is the attitude which was prevalent at the time," said Brown. "There was a rebellion against the slicker materials and a delight taken in using rattier materials. The rattier the better."

Joan Brown, "Fur Rat," 1962 wood, chicken wire, raccoon fur, 20.5" x 54" x 12" Gift of the artist to the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive. Quote pulled from online description: "'Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we will die' is the attitude which was prevalent at the time," said Brown. "There was a rebellion against the slicker materials and a delight taken in using rattier materials. The rattier the better."

Hello friends and fellow art about rats lovers, how the heck are you?

An aside before I begin: I have many things I want to post – Philadelphia notes, the good and the annoying of the Barnes Foundation, dancing with a laid off school teacher at Eastern State Penitentiary , notes on upcoming exhibitions around LA and elsewhere, tons of stuff about the upcoming “Michele O’Marah: Video Portraits” and “Home Show, Revisited” exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. I risk tede-ifying you so I’ll stop listing my wish-I-coulds.

I’ve been choking up lately. I need juicy images. I crave reasons to spend hours searching the Internet for said juicy jpgs.  I want to learn while I look. Little is better for me than finding an obscure reference or a thumbnail view on one website and then chasing all over until I have all the information I want plus a full 640 x 480 pixel image. Yay. come have fun along with me.

Beginning with a super challenger, Joan Brown’s “Fur Rat.” Speaking of powerful. Rat looks both creepy and, around the eyes and nose, friendly.

Joan Brown, "Models with Manuel's Sculpture," 1961 oil on canvas. Curiously, this image is reversed from how it is shown in Bay Area Figurative Art 1950-1965. Image from "Transformation: The Art of Joan Brown" held in 1998 at the Oakland Museum and Berkeley Art Museum-Pacific Film Archive. Left panel in this view 72" x 120" right panel 72.75" x 36"

Joan Brown, "Models with Manuel's Sculpture," 1961 oil on canvas. Curiously, this image is reversed from how it is shown in Bay Area Figurative Art 1950-1965. Image from "Transformation: The Art of Joan Brown" held in 1998 at the Oakland Museum and Berkeley Art Museum-Pacific Film Archive. Left panel in this view 72" x 120" right panel 72.75" x 36"

Joan Brown, "Nun With Staffordshire Terrier," 1961 Oil on canvas 59 7/8 x 60 in. Hirshhorn Museum, gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn.

Joan Brown, "Nun With Staffordshire Terrier," 1961 Oil on canvas 59 7/8 x 60 in. Hirshhorn Museum, gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn.

Joan Brown, "Man on Horseback," 1957 Fabric, burlap, string, wire and wood 20” x 21-1/2” x 9-1/4. Image courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Joan Brown, "Man on Horseback," 1957 Fabric, burlap, string, wire and wood 20” x 21-1/2” x 9-1/4. Image courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim.

Taking a bit of a break, back soon. It’s 4:13 pm on Monday, May 9. 5:47 – quickly now:

Joan Brown, "Nude, Dog, Clouds," 1963. Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Joan Brown, "Nude, Dog, Clouds," 1963. Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Joan Brown, "Portrait of Lupe," 1964. Oil on canvas. Gift of Noel Neri. Courtesy Oakland Museum, Flickr site credited below.

Joan Brown, "Portrait of Lupe," 1964. Oil on canvas. Gift of Noel Neri. Courtesy Oakland Museum, Flickr site credited below.

The above “Portrait of Lupe” was taken from Rocor’s Flickr stream. Rocor has a bunch of photos from museum visits, all categorized by museum. Nice stuff. Another treat that I found is Abby Wasserman’s website, which has articles from the catalog for “Into the Light: The Transformation of Joan Brown,” 1998, Oakland Museum.

Done for today. 6:36 pm still Monday.

Bye!

P.S.

In this April 13th post you’ll find the beginnings of this series.  By hook, by crook,  and by the hair on my chinny chin, chin, this subject is developing itself – here before my amazed and willing eyes.

Figurative art? Regionalism? Eek,  a personal crise de l’art abstrait? Dunno. Flying now. See you soon.

Geoff

More on Bay Area Figurative Art:

Untitled, May 2011, May 20, 2011

Bay Area Figurative Art – Joan and the boys, May 9, 2011

Bay Area Figurative Art, April 13, 2011

About: Again. Plus, a note about non-Non-objective Painting, April 4, 2011

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