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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the Estate of the Artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    San Jose Museum of Art, This Kind of Bird Flies Backwards: Paintings by Joan Brown, October 14, 2011- March 11, 2012
    New York, George Adams Gallery, Joan Brown: Major Paintings from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, April 1 – May 30, 2015
    New York, James Cohan Gallery, Intimisims, June 23 – July 29, 2016

  • Catalogue Essay

    Joan Brown
    Born 1938, San Francisco, CA
    Died 1990, Puttaparthi, India

    1956 BFA California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco
    1960 MFA California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2014); San Jose Museum of Art, California (2011); Oakland Museum of California (1998); Whitney Museum of American Art (1996); University of Hartford, Connecticut (1993); Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (1977); University of California Art Museum, Berkley (1974, 1998); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1971)

    Selected honors: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1977); NEA Fellowship in Painting (1976); Adaline Kent Award (1973); Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1965); Senator James D. Phelan Award for Painting (1962)
    Selected public collections: American Federation of the Arts, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art

    An important member of the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative School, Joan Brown distinguished herself by incorporating autobiographical themes into her paintings. Embracing narrative and commemorating specific personal incidents, she also painted fanciful scenes, including the human-animal hybrids seen in some of her later work. Twenty to Nine is an oil and enamel painting from 1972 for which narrative and emotion are central. Here, Brown contrasted the gridded regularity of the subway tiles in the background and the specificity of the represented time with the emotion implied in the figure’s gesture as she sits alone with wine glasses for two.


Twenty to Nine

signed, titled and dated "Joan Brown "20 to 9" 2/14/72" on the reverse
oil and enamel on masonite
89 x 48 in. (226.1 x 121.9 cm.)
Executed in 1972.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019