LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2011— New Puppy Gallery, in collaboration with the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center (Brand Associates) announces a significant exhibition this July of one of Southern California’s most important, creative, prolific, yet private 20th century visual artists—modernist printmaker Robert W. Brown (1917-2009).
Kent Bulza, Gallery co-owner and Sally MacAller, Brand Associates Board Member, have curated the works to be exhibited and sold over a three-week period at New Puppy Gallery in northeast Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the Associates of Brand Library, a non-profit organization supporting arts and cultural events at the Brand Library in Glendale, CA.
After a remarkable career, Brown passed away at age 92 in 2009. His daughter, Jan Reilly, donated her father’s entire body of work to the Brand Associates. Robert loved the Brand Library and exhibited his work in its gallery many times.
Known as a vibrant colorist, the artist left behind works of an astonishing range in media and styles. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to view this range of work in one retrospective. Most of the serigraphs (silkscreen prints) were created mid-century. Featured among the works on display is an outstanding, partially restored 5-poster mural, never known to have been on public display
About Artist Robert Brown
Born in San Francisco in 1917, Robert Brown received his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State College and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from both the California College of Arts and Crafts and the University of Southern California. Brown was Professor of Fine Art at Glendale Community College and taught there from 1948 to 1983.
From the late 1940s to the early 1980s Brown was a prolific and master printmaker, producing strong, visually striking, thought provoking and often humorous works that spanned many styles, from figurative and abstract to Op art. In addition to his graphic works, he created glass pieces, both small studio pieces and significant public installations. Brown’s 52 foot architectural glass panel commissioned by The First Methodist Church in Glendale and his sets of fused glass windows at Temple Adat Ari El in Valley Village are particularly significant.
Throughout Brown’s long career he developed new means of expression. In addition to his iconic serigraph prints and glass works his oeuvre includes photography, drawings, collage, woodcuts, and ceramics. His decorative works—wallpapers, murals, textiles—are in private and public collections throughout Southern California.
Of historical significance is Brown’s participation in the Western Serigraph Institute. The institute
followed up on the lead of the National Serigraph Society, legitimizing the artistic nature of serigraphic print, a notion developed in the 1930s by artists working for the WPA. Brown was also Honorary Artist of the Pasadena Society of Artists and served as president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.
About New Puppy Gallery
Opened in 2009, New Puppy Gallery sits just north of Chinatown and east of the Los Angeles River, the vertex of a cluster of northeast galleries exhibiting some of Los Angeles’ most interesting art.
New Puppy participates in the monthly Northeast Los Angeles Arts Organization (NELA) Second Saturday Gallery Night, called by the LA Weekly the ―Best New Art Walk‖ in 2010. The gallery has shown LA Weekly illustrator J.T. Steiny, the Australian duo Dabs and Myla, and co-hosted the debut Los Angeles solo show for Belgian street artist ROA. Past collaborators include Thinkspace Art Gallery, drkrm gallery, and Otis College of Art and Design. Two murals converge on the side of New Puppy Gallery’s building: a work by ROA about the cycle of life and a Ganesh wheatpaste by Cryptik.
About the Brand Library and Brand Associates
The Brand Library & Art Center is a section of the Glendale Public Library devoted exclusively to the arts, and is a truly unique library in the greater Los Angeles area. It is housed in the historic mansion of Leslie Coombs Brand, considered Glendale’s most significant early civic leader. The mansion was built in the Saracenic style with Spanish, Moorish and Indian details. The library facilities also house a recital hall and gallery.
The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center (“Brand Associates”) is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to provide support to the Brand Library through fundraising efforts and sponsorship of cultural programs and arts education for the community.
Invitation only preview reception: Thursday, July 7, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, July 9, 7 pm – 11pm
Exhibition dates: Saturday, July 9 through Saturday July 31, 2011.
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday: 12 pm – 6 pm.
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