Matthew Marks Gallery

Joan Brown

  • Books and Catalogues


    Bishop, Janet, Nancy Lim, eds. Joan Brown. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Berkeley: University of California Press, 2022.


    Adams, George, Jenelle Porter, Eva Rivlin, and Tamsin Smith. Joan Brown: Drawn From Life. New York: George Adams Gallery, 2020.

    50 x 50: Stories of Visionary Artists from the Permanent Collection. San Jose, CA: di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 2020.


    Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection. Napa, CA: di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 2019.

    One hundred drawings. New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2019.


    Molesworth, Helen, ed. One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angele; New York: Prestel, 2018.


    Wurm, Jan. Joan Brown: In Living Color. Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center, 2017.


    Aukeman, Anastasia. Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016.

    Faberman, Hilarie. Over the Golden Gate: 1960-1990. Paris: Tajan ArtStudio, 2016.


    Fortune, Brandon Brame, Wendy Wick Reaves, David C. Ward, Patricia Quealy, and John Ashbery. Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction. Washington D.C.: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2014.


    Scala, Mark, and Susan H. Edwards. Paint Made Flesh. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.


    Engelbach, Barbara. Looking for Mushrooms: Beat Poets, Hippies, Funk, Minimal Art: San Francisco 1955-68. Cologne: Museum Ludwig, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, 2008.


    Duncan, Michael, and Kristine McKenna. Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle. New York: Distributed Art Publishers; Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2005.


    Landauer, Susan, William H. Gerdts, and Patricia Trenton. The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.


    Fuller, Diana Burgess, and Daniela Salvioni, eds. Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.


    Landauer, Susan. The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration. Kansas City, MO: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000.


    Baas, Jacquelynn, Brenda Richardson, and Karen Tsujimoto. The Art of Joan Brown. Berkeley and Los Angeles : University of California Press ; London : University of California Press, Ltd.; Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum of California, 1998.


    Howard, Seymour, John Natsoulas, Rebecca Solnit, Michael McClure, Bruce Nixon, John Allen Ryan, and Jack Foley. The Beat Generation Galleries and Beyond. Davis, CA: John Natsoulas Press, 1996.

    Knight, Brenda. Women of the Beat Generation. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 1996.

    Landauer, Susan. The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionis. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press and Laguna Beach, California, 1996.


    Chadwick, Whitney. Working Together: Joan Brown and Manuel Neri, 1958-1964. Belmont, CA: Wiegand Gallery, College of Notre Dame, 1995.

    Fineberg, Jonathan. Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995.

    Smith, Richard Candida. Utopia and Dissent: Art, Poetry, and Politics in California. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995.


    Brown, Christopher, and David Simpson. On Painting: The Work of Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown. Berkeley, CA: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, 1992.

    Joan Brown: Major Works from the Early 1970s. New York: Frumkin/Adams Gallery, 1992.


    Brown, Christopher, et al. “Joan Brown.” In Memoriam. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1991.


    Jones, Caroline A. Bay Area Figurative Art: 1950-1965. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press; San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1990.

    Moore, Sylvia, and Cynthia Navaretta, eds. Artists and Their Cats in Their Own Words. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1990.

    Natsoulas, John, Bruce Nixon, and Steven Rosenzweig, eds. Lyrical Vision: The 6 Gallery 1954-1957. Davis, CA: Natsoulas/ Novelozo Gallery Press, 1990.

    Solnit, Rebecca. Secret Exhibition: Six California Artists of the Cold War Era. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1990.


    Albright, Thomas, ed. and Beverly Hennessey. On Art and Artists: Essays by Thomas Albright. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989.

    Hopkins, Henry T. California Painters: New Work. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989.

    Moore, Sylvia. Yesterday and Tomorrow: California Women Artists. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1989.

    Rosen, Randy, and Catherine C. Brawer. Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-1985. New York: Abbeville Press, 1989.

    San Francisco Civic Art Collection: A Guided Tour to Publicly Owned Art of the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco: The Arts Commission of San Francisco, 1989.

    Van Wagner, Judith K. Collischan. Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary Women. Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press, 1989.


    Beckett, Wendy. Contemporary Women Artists. New York: Universe Books, 1988.

    Roth, Moira, ed. Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists. Oakland, CA: Eucalyptus Press, Mills College, 1988


    Levy, Mark. Joan Brown: The Golden Age. San Diego: University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, 1986.

    Martin, Alvin. American Realism: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Glenn C. Janss Collection. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1986.


    Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980: An Illustrated History. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1985.

    duPont, Diana C., Katherine Church Holland, Garna Garren Muller, and Laura L. Sueoka. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: The Painting and Sculpture Collection. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1985.

    Lucie-Smith, Edward. American Art Now. New York: Phaidon Press Ltd., 1985.

    Self-Portraits by Women Artists. Los Angeles: The Gallery at the Plaza, Security Pacific National Bank, 1985.


    Lauter, Estella. Women as Mythmakers: Poetry and Visual Art by Twentieth-Century Women. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1984.

    Orr-Cahall, Christina, ed. The Art of California: Selected Works from the Collection of The Oakland Museum. Oakland, CA: The Oakland Museum; San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1984.


    Linhares, Philip E., and Charles Shere. From the Studio: Joan Brown. Oakland, CA: Mills College Art Gallery, 1983.


    Brown, Joan. “Profile: Joan Brown.” By Kate Horsfield. Profile, vol. 2, no. 3, 1982.

    Grumpert, Lynn, Ned Rifkin, and Marcia Tucker. Early Work: Lynda Benglis, Joan Brown, Luis Jimenez, Gary Stephan, Lawrence Weiner. New York: The New Museum, 1982.

    Haskell, Barbara. Focus on the Figure: Twenty Years. New York: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982.

    Rubinstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Artists. New York: Avon Books, 1982

    Schwartz, Sanford. The Art Presence. New York: Horizon Press, 1982.


    Hopkins, Henry T. 50 West Coast Artists: A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors Working in California by Henry Hopkins. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1981.

    Osborne, Harold. The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.


    Joan Brown. San Francisco: Transamerica Pyramid, 1980.

    Lucie-Smith, Edward. Art in the 70s. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1980.


    Goodyear, Frank H. Jr. Seven on the Figure. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1979.

    Matrix 24: Joan Brown. Berkeley, CA: University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, 1979.


    Cathcart, Linda L. American Painting of the 1970s. Buffalo, NY: Albright-Knox Gallery, 1978.

    Goldeen, Dorothy. Joan Brown, Paintings. Akron, OH: Emily H. Davis Art Gallery, The University of Akron, 1978.

    San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center Collection. San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Commission, 1978.

    Tucker, Marcia. “Bad” Painting. New York: The New Museum, 1978.


    Schapiro, Miriam, ed. Art: A Woman’s Sensibility. Santa Clarita, CA: California Institute of the Arts, 1975.


    Plagens, Peter. Sunshine Muse: Contemporary Art on the West Coast. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1974.

    Richardson, Brenda. Joan Brown. Berkeley, CA: University Art Museum, University of California, 1974.

    Schapiro, Miriam. Anonymous Was a Woman: A Documentation of the Women’s Art Festival. Sant Clarita, CA: California Institute of the Arts, 1974.


    Linhares, Phil. Joan Brown: The Dancers Series. San Francisco: The Emanuel Walter Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 1973.

    McChesney, Mary Fuller. A Period of Exploration: San Francisco, 1945-1950. Oakland, CA: The Oakland Museum, 1973.


    Foley, Suzanne. Joan Brown: Paintings. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1971.

  • Selected Articles


    Smith, Roberta. “Joan Brown.” The New York Times, June 2, 2023, p. C11.

    Hudson, Suzanne. “Joan Brown & In the Shadow of Mt. Tam.” The Brooklyn Rail, March 2023, p. 82.

    Pardee, Hearne. “Joan Brown.” The Brooklyn Rail, February 2023, pp. 71–72.

    Asher, Lani. “The Many Faces of Joan Brown at SFMOMA.” Mission Local, January 18, 2023.

    Bellamy, Dodie. “Transcendental Figuration: Dodie Bellamy on the Art of Joan Brown.” Artforum, February 2023.

    Marler, Regina. “’Joan Doesn’t Give a damn’: The San Francisco Painter Joan Brown snubbed success at every turn.” The New York Review, March 9, 2023.

    Raskin, Jonah. “Art and Propaganda: Diego Rivera and Joan Brown at SFMOMA.” San Francisco Examiner, January 10, 2023.


    Anderson, Sharon. “SFMOMA Presents In-Depth Joan Brown Retrospective.” Marina Times San Francisco, December 2022.

    Bishop, Janet, and Nancy Lim. “A Luminous Life: Joan Brown @ SFMOMA.” Juxtapoz, December 14, 2022.

    Blue, Max. “Joan Brown retrospective at SFMOMA: An honest life through art and love.” San Francisco Examiner, November 17, 2022.

    Bravo, Tony. “San Francisco artist Joan Brown comes home in compelling retrospective at SFMOMA.” San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, November 19, 2022.

    Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Joan Brown Was a Singular Painter — of Dogs, Cats and Richly Symbolic Spaces.” KQED, November 17, 2022.

    Plagens, Peter. “‘Joan Brown’ Review: California Painting.” The Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2022.

    Scott, Chad. “Joan Brown Exhibition at SFMOMA.” See Great Art, November 15, 2022.

    Smith, Laura. “The Beautiful Life, Tragic Death, and Fascinating Career of Joan Brown.” California, December 1, 2022.

    Takac, Balasz. “SFMOMA to Present the Most In-Depth Examination of Joan Brown’s Work in Over Two Decades.” Widewalls, November 19, 2022.

    Taylor, Robert. “SFMOMA: Bay Area icon Joan Brown gets the big, quirky exhibition she deserves.” The Mercury News, December 2, 2022.

    Van Proyer, Mark. “Mark Van Proyen on Joan Brown.” Square Cylinder: Northern California Art, December 7, 2022.


    Kuspit, Donald. “Joan Brown: George Adams Gallery.” Artforum, January 2021.

    Weisberg, Madeline. “Irresistibly Weird.” Art in America, February 26, 2021.


    “A figurative painter’s vehicle for exploration of the self.” The Maker Magazine, November 20, 2020.

    “Artful Recommends: Joan Brown at Venus Over Manhattan.” Artful, November 19, 2020.

    Fateman, Johanna. “Joan Brown,” The New Yorker, December 2020.


    Choate, Canada. “Joan Brown: Anglim Gilbert Gallery.” Art Forum, September 2019.


    Hamlin, Jesse. “A Portrait of Joan Brown.” The Nob Hill Gazette, May 1, 2018.

    Heinrich, Will. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week: ‘Samaritans.’” The New York Times, February 12, 2019.

    Sang, Elliot. “10 Booths You Need to See at Frieze New York.” High Snobiety, May 2019.

    “8 Booths You Won’t Want to Miss at Frieze New York 2019.” Artnet News, May 1, 2010.


    Carrier, David. “Artseen: Joan Brown at George Adams Gallery.” The Brooklyn Rail, November 2, 2017.

    Russeth, Andrew. “September: A Bevy of Openings, a Trip to the Berkshires, a 90th Birthday Celebration.” ARTnews, September 13, 2017.

    Rutland, Beau. “Critics’ Picks: Joan Brown at George Adams Gallery.” Artforum, October 13, 2017.

    Van Proyen, Mark. “Shockwaves from San Francisco.” The Nob Hill Gazette, May 1, 2017.


    Aukeman, Anastasia. “It’s a Rat Trip, Baby: Remembering the Rat Bastard Protective Association.” Elephant 29: The Art Culture Magazine, December 1, 2016.

    Boas, Natasha. “Critic’s Pick: Badass Joan Brown: Smoking and Swimming in San Francisco.” The Huffington Post, May 25, 2016.

    Davis, Ben. “The Puzzle at the Heart of the Stunning New SFMOMA.” Artnet News, April 29, 2016.

    Koll, Juri. “How Artists Survive: They Become Rat Bastards.” The Huffington Post, November 12, 2016.

    Pagel, David. “Critic’s Choice: Joan Brown paintings at CB1-G gallery turn ordinary people into poignant stories of intrigue.” Los Angeles Times, 19 March, 2016.

    P, Silka. “Tajan Exhibition to Present Bay Area Art 1960 – 1990.” Widewalls, October 19, 2016.

    Russeth, Andrew. “With its New Building, SFMOMA Cements a Place on the World Stage.” Artnews, April 28, 2016.

    Seed, John. “In Los Angeles: Paul Schimmel and Women Artists in the Spotlight.” Huff Post, March 11, 2016.

    Seed, John. “The Early Life of Bruce Conner and His Rat Bastard Bohemia.” Hyperallergic, October 27, 2016.

    Stromberg, Matt. “ArtRx LA.” Hyperallergic, March 8, 2016.


    Frand, Jordan. “What’s In A Face: Group Show In LA Gets Up Close And Personal.” ARTREPORT, August 14, 2015.

    Griffin, Jonathan. “Joan Brown, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.” Frieze Magazine, April 2015.

    Pagel, David. “‘About Face’ a disparate collection, with each work enhanced by those around it.” Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2015.

    Plagens, Peter. “From Semicartoonish to Simple Yet Subtle: Works by Joan Brown and Annette Lemieux, plus ‘Life of Cats’ at Japan Society.” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2015.

    Rudick, Nicole. “An Endless Succession of Roles: Joan Brown’s Self Portraits.” Hyperallergic, October 31, 2015.

    Russeth, Andrew. “Art of the City.” ARTnews, April 3, 2015.

    Schjeldahl, Peter. “Go Figure: A Chelsea gallery surveys the weird in the wilds beyond New York.” The New Yorker, August 3, 2015.

    Solomon, Deborah. “If You’re An Artist, It Pays to be in New York City.” WNYC, July 10, 2015.

    Viveros-Fauné, Christian. “Freaks and Geeks Dominate Matthew Marks Survey of Alternative Artists Since the 1960s.” ArtNet News, July 31, 2015.


    Hodara, Susan. “At Vassar College, Canvases So Big They Are Seldom Seen.” The New York Times, November 13, 2014.

    Held, John. “Joan Brown.” SFAQ, November 6, 2014.

    “Picks: Reigning Cats and Dogs at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco.” SFAQ, November 26, 2014.

    Roth, David M. “Joan Brown & Kathrin Sherwood @ Paule Anglim.” Square Cylinder: Northern California Art, November 2, 2014.

    Stamberg, Susan. “As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined ‘Face Value.” NPR, May 29, 2014.

    Stuebner, Anton. “Joan Brown at Gallery Paule Anglim.” Art Practical, November 18, 2014.


    Fellah, Nadiah. “Joan Brown: Artist Out of Water.” New American Paintings, August 29, 2013.


    Johnson, Ken. “‘Group Shoe’ Ella Kruglyanskaya: ‘Woman! Painting! Woman!’” New York Times, July 13, 2012.

    Morris, Barbara. “Joan Brown, San Jose Museum of Art.” Artillery 6, no. 4, April/May 2012.


    Fellah, Nadiah. “Joan Brown at the San Jose Museum of Art.” New American Paintings, October 31, 2011.

    Keats, Jonathan. “The Retrospective She Deserves.” San Francisco Magazine, October 19, 2011.

    Marks, Ben. “Art Reviews: Joan Brown Reveals All, and Nothing, at San Jose Museum of Art.” KQED, October 23, 2011.

    Modenessi, Jennifer. “Portrait of an Artist.” Oakland Tribune TimeOut Weekend, October 14, 2011.

    O’Neill-Butler, Lauren. “Joan Brown, George Adams Gallery.” Artforum, October, 2011.

    Seed, John. “Joan Brown (1938-1990): Unexpected Joy.” Huffington Post, October 18, 2011.

    Smith, Roberta. “Circle of Friends: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures by Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Roy DeForest, Peter Saul, and William T. Wiley.” The New York Times, August 19, 2011.

    Wood, Sura. “The Unsinkable Joan Brown.” The Bay Area Reporter, December 1, 2011.


    Dietsch, Deborah K. “Go Figure; The Human Body Gets a Workout at the Phillips Collection.” Washington Post, June 21, 2009.


    Cotter, Holland. “A Return Trip to a Faraway Place Called Underground.” The New York Times, January 26, 2007.

    Genocchio, Benjamin. “From California, With Color.” The New York Times, June 17, 2007.

    Stockinger, Jacob. “California Art Is As Diverse As State.” The Capital Times, Madison, WI, August 1, 2007.


    Genocchio, Benjamin. “Ties That Bind: Tracing the Story of Realism and Abstraction.” The New York Times, January 22, 2006.

    Goodrich, John. “Willem De Kooning: Paintings 1975-1978; Joan Brown: The Affair.” New York Sun, May 18, 2006.


    Lawrence, Sidney. “California Quirks: In ‘True Artist,’ Few False Notes.” Washington Post, May 30, 2004.

    Naves, Mario. “Missed Calling?” New York Observer, September 27, 2004.

    Shaw-Eagle, Joanna. “Luminously Figurative; Rare Glimpse at Quirky West Coast Movement.” Washington Times, May 8, 2004.


    Johnson, Ken. “Galleries: 57th Street: Joan Brown: ‘Cats and Dogs.’” The New York Times, May 11, 2001.


    Baker, Kenneth. “Laugh Lines: San Jose Museum of Art’s ‘Lighter Side’ Features Artists Breaking with New York Orthodoxy.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 4, 2000.

    Duncan, Michael. “The Self and Its Symbols.” Art in America, May 5, 2000.


    Art + Film. Berkeley: University of California Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, 1998.

    Baker, Kenneth. “Brown’s Search for Self.” San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, September 26, 1998.

    Hamlin, Jesse. “Connecting Art With People / Friends, colleagues remember Bay Area original Joan Brown.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 24, 1998.

    Johnson, Ken. “Joan Brown at George Adams Gallery.” The New York Times, August 7, 1998.

    Thym, Jolene. “The Art of Joan Brown.” Oakland Tribune, September 25, 1998.

    Wasserman, Abby. “Into the Light: The Transformation of Joan Brown.” The Museum of California, vol. 22, no. 4, 1998.


    Jaonou, Alice. “Adventures in the Skin Trade.” World Art 3, 1996.


    Bonetti, David. “Exhibitions Focus on Artists’ Visions of ‘70s,” San Francisco Examiner, September 16, 1994.


    McNally, Owen. “Fancy & Free.” Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), April 18, 1993.

    Raynor, Vivien. “Back East, a California-Born Master of Deadpan.” The New York Times, June 6, 1993.


    Adams, Brooks. “Alternative Lives.” Art in America 80, January 1992.

    Karlstrom, Paul J. “West Coast.” Archives of American Art Journal 32, 1992.

    Ketcham, Diana. “Bischoff and Brown.” Oakland Tribune, Sunday Magazine, October 11, 1992.

    Kimura, Lynne. “Bischoff and Brown Painting Retrospective.” West Art 31, September 25, 1992.

    Tanner, Marcia. “Bischoff-Brown Retrospective,” San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, Datebook, October 18, 1992.


    Bass, Ruth. “Joan Brown.” Art News 90, November 1991.

    Liebmann, Lisa. “Joan Brown.” Artforum 30, November 1991.

    Polt, Renata. “Joan Brown: A Life in Art.” The Monthly 21, no. 4, January 1991.

    Schwartz, Sanford. “Between Bonnard and Dick Tracy.” The New York Times, October 6, 1991.

    Swift, Harriet. “Making ‘Her Story.’” Oakland Tribune, January 17, 1991.

    Swift, Harriet. “Oakland Show Dedicated to Artist.” Oakland Tribune, January 17, 1991.


    Allen, Jane Addams. “Back to the Figure.” Washington Post, December 15, 1990.

    “Art World: Obituaries.” Art in America 78, December 1990.

    Dalkey, Victoria. “Area Artists Mourn Passing of Joan Brown.” Sacramento Bee, October 29, 1990.

    Gathright, Alan, Dorothy Burkhart. “Artist Turned Her Back on Early Success to Dig Deeper.” San Jose Mercury News, October 26, 1990.

    Glueck, Grace. “Joan Brown, Artist and Professor, 52; Inspired by Ancients.” The New York Times, October 30, 1990.

    Gomez, Edward M. “The San Francisco Rebellion.” Time 135, February 5, 1990.

    “Joan Brown: California Artist.” Washington Post, October 30, 1990.

    Kahn, Judith. “At Home with Joan Brown.” At Home: Bay Area Living, 1990.

    Lewis, Gregory, Bill Boldenweck. “Artist Joan Brown Dies in Accident at Museum in India.” San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, October 28, 1990.

    Miller, T. Christian. “Berkeley Art Professor Killed in Accident in India.” Daily Californian, October 30, 1990.

    Morris, Gay. “Report from San Francisco: Figures by the Bay.” Art in America 78, November 1990.

    “Obituary.” Art in America 78, December 1990.

    O’Sullivan, Chris. “UC Tribute to Artist Joan Brown.” San Francisco Examiner, November 2, 1990.

    Schwartz, Stephen. “Guru Followers Killed with Joan Brown.” San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 1990.

    Smith, Roberta. “The Figurative Style from West’s Revolution.” The New York Times, August 29, 1990.

    Swift, Harriet. “Memorial for Artist Joan Brown.” Oakland Tribune, November 4, 1990.


    Burkhart, Dorothy. “Father Figurists.” San Jose Mercury News, December 17, 1989.

    Knight, Christopher. “Figurative ‘50s Works Whose Time Has Come.” Los Angeles Times, December 15, 1989.


    Huneven, Michelle. “The Art Artists Collect.” California 13, December 1988.

    Litt, Steven. “Eight Painters United by Their Individuality.” The News and Observer/The Raleigh Times, Weekend, July 29, 1988.

    Miller, Terin. “Familiar Symbols.” Arlington Citizen-Journal, January 31, 1988.


    Polt, Renata. “Tall Tiles.” San Francisco Examiner, Image, August 2, 1987.

    Van Proyen, Mark. “Nuances of the Particular.” Artweek 18, November 7, 1987.


    Dubin, Zan. “An Artist’s Vision of Peace.” Los Angeles Times, September 16, 1986.

    Gardner, Colin. “The Art Galleries: La Cienaga Area.” Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1986.

    Lugo, Mark-Elliot. “Shortcomings Subvert the Deeper Nature of Brown’s Art.” San Diego Tribune, May 1, 1986.

    McDonald, Robert. “Golden Age Pieces Are Worth A Peek.” Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1986.

    McManus, Michael. “In the Years of the Tiger.” Artweek 17, May 3, 1986.

    Pincus, Robert L. “Joan Brown Exhibit at SDSU Shows Her in a Fallow Period.” San Diego Union, April 24, 1986.


    Burkhart, Dorothy. “The Journeys of an Artist.” San Jose Mercury News, May 31, 1985.

    Chadwick, Whitney. “Narrative Imagism and the Figurative Tradition in Northern California Painting.” Art Journal 45, no. 4, 1985.

    Cleigh, Zenia. “Horton Plaza Gets Its First Sculpture.” San Diego Tribune, August 6, 1985.

    French, Christopher. “Allegory, Imagery and Impact.” Artweek 16, March 16, 1985.

    Halle, David. “Painting on a Large Scale: Arts Center Hosts Works by S.F. Artist, Other Treasures.” Fresno Bee, November 24, 1985.

    Lagorio, Irene. “Good Examples of Eclecticism Viewed in Two New Exhibitions in Monterey.” Sunday Peninsula Herald, February 3, 1985.

    Maréchal-Workman, Andreée. “An Interview with Joan Brown.” Expo-see Magazine, March–April 1985.

    Moorman, Margaret. “Joan Brown, William T. Wiley.” Art News 84, April 1985.

    Pincus, Robert L. “Art Projects for Horton Plaza Complex Are Shown” San Diego Union, March 23, 1985.

    Shere, Charles. “Oakland Museum Show Strains to Cover Rich Bay Area Art Scene Since 1945.” Oakland Tribune, June 21, 1985.


    Glueck, Grace. “Art: How Studios Look to the Painters Who Work in Them.” The New York Times, June 29, 1984.

    Russell, John. “Early Work by Jack Beal and Joan Brown.” The New York Times, March 16, 1984.


    Albright, Thomas. “Joan Brown’s Artistic Pilgrimage.” San Francisco Chronicle, October 13, 1983.

    Boettger, Suzaan. “Joan Brown, Mills College Art Gallery.” Artforum 22, December 1983.

    Fleming, Lee. “Washington D.C.: The Corcoran Biennial/ Second Western States Exhibition.” Art News 82, May 1983.

    “Joan Brown.” Allan Frumkin Gallery Newsletter, Spring 1983.

    Levy, Mark. “Making the Spirit Visible.” Artweek 14, October 1, 1983.

    Preston, Malcolm. “Art Review: Master in Queens.” Newsday, January 7, 1983.

    Shere, Charles. “Beat Artists’ Work Among Exceptional Talents Exhibited.” Oakland Tribune, October 19, 1983.

    Wolff, Theodore F. “Ancient and modern self-portraits: sometimes vain, sometimes candid.” The Christian Science Monitor, January 4, 1983.


    Albright, Thomas. “San Francisco: Different and Indifferent Drummers.” Art News 81, January 1982.

    Boettger, Suzaan. “Art History Doesn’t Quite Repeat Itself.” San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 1982.

    Boettger, Suzaan. “Consumer Guide to California Art.” Artweek, January 30, 1982.

    Cohen, Ronny H. “Joan Brown.” Artforum 20, February 1982.

    Coker, Gylbert. “Joan Brown: Indian Paintings and Constructions.” Art News 81, February 1982.

    Larson, Kay. “Joan Brown.” New York Magazine, October 25, 1982.

    Menzies, Neal. “Joan Brown: Still Enigmatic and Dazzling.” Artweek 13, March 6, 1982.

    Menzies, Neal. “Joan Brown, Elena Mary Siff.” L.A. Weekly, February 12–18, 1982.

    Robins, Corinne. “Ten Months of Rush-Hour Figuration.” Arts Magazine 57, September 1982.

    Russell, John. “Finding Pleasure in Early Work.” The New York Times, May 9, 1982.

    Stevens, Mark. “Art’s Wild Young Turks.” Newsweek 99, June 7, 1982.

    Tucker, Marcia. “An Iconography of Recent Figurative Painting: Sex, Death, Violence, and the Apocalypse.” Artforum 20, Summer 1982.

    Wilson, William. “Galleries.” Los Angeles Times, February 5, 1982.


    Albright, Thomas. “A Theme Show Without a Theme.” San Francisco Chronicle, March 20, 1981.

    Curtis, Cathy. “The Eclecticism of Contemporary Abstractionists.” Artweek, vol. 2, no. 13, April 4, 1981.

    Kramer, Hilton. “Joan Brown.” The New York Times, October 9, 1981.

    Levin. “Joan Brown.” Village Voice, October 14-20, 1981.

    March, Al. “Enjoying Abstract Art with a Wandering Mind.” The San Francisco Examiner, March 16, 1981.

    Steenberg-Majewski, Claudia. “Joan Brown.” Artbeat, April 1981.


    Albright, Thomas. “Bay Area Art: Time of Change.” Horizon 23, July 1980.

    Albright, Thomas. “A Surprising Collection of Milton Avery.” San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 1980.

    Glowen, Ron. “Joan Brown: Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College.” Vanguard Magazine, November 29, 1980.

    “Joan Brown: Trip to India.” Allan Frumkin Gallery Newsletter, Fall 1980.

    Russell, John. “Art: Continuity and Change at Frumkin’s.” New York Times, June 27, 1980.

    Shere, Charles. “Four Exhibits by Women Artists.” Oakland Tribune, April 1, 1980.

    Shere, Charles. “A Pair of Painters with New S.F. Shows.” Oakland Tribune, February 17, 1980.

    Zimmer, William. “The Changes They Are-A-Timin.” Soho News, July 30, 1980.


    Albright, Thomas. “Spoofs of Pop Ceramics and Flea-Market Stereotypes.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 1979.

    Albright, Thomas. “20-Year ‘Survey’ of Works by Oliveira.” San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 1979.

    Brown, Christopher. “Joan Brown’s Figural Translations.” Artweek 10, August 11, 1979.

    Brown, Joan. “Letters from Artists.” Allan Frumkin Gallery Newsletter, Fall 1979.

    Donahue, Michael. “The Art Scene: Humor, Individuality Mark Works.” Memphis Press-Scimitar, Life and Leisure, October 11, 1979.

    Fisher, Hal. “Joan Brown, Hansen-Fuller-Goldeen Gallery and University Art Museum; Jack Fulton, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Raymond Saunders, Stephen Wirtz Gallery.” Artforum 18, December 1979.

    Lawson, Thomas. “Painting in New York: An Illustrated Guide.” Flash Art, October-November 1979.

    “Swimmers.” Swim Swim 1, no. 4, September-October 1979.


    Albright, Thomas. “San Francisco: The Force of Universals.” Art News 77, 1978.

    Albright, Thomas. “Vapid, Corny ‘Egyptiania.’” San Francisco Chronicle, March 17, 1978.

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