James Brown

American, b. 1951

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James Brown

American, b. 1951

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James Brown is a painter, sculptor, experimental printmaker, and ceramicist whose career gained wide recognition in the 1980s and ’90s. His biomorphic and primitivist works are largely abstract, but have traces of Modernist-influenced figuration. Many of his series allude to literary and musical works, including the writing of D.H. Lawrence. In 1995, Brown embarked on a series based on Gustav Holst’s orchestral composition The Planets (1914-1916). The series to date includes over 80 abstract paintings. Other works with more abstract subjects include Ceramic (2002) comprised of wall sculptures that appeared to be suspended in space, and a series of prints that summarize his research about color.

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Biography

James Brown is a painter, sculptor, experimental printmaker, and ceramicist whose career gained wide recognition in the 1980s and ’90s. His biomorphic and primitivist works are largely abstract, but have traces of Modernist-influenced figuration. Many of his series allude to literary and musical works, including the writing of D.H. Lawrence. In 1995, Brown embarked on a series based on Gustav Holst’s orchestral composition The Planets (1914-1916). The series to date includes over 80 abstract paintings. Other works with more abstract subjects include Ceramic (2002) comprised of wall sculptures that appeared to be suspended in space, and a series of prints that summarize his research about color.

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Career Highlights
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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