James Brooks (1906-1992)
oil on canvas
66 1/4 x 78 in. (168.3 x 198.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1958.
New York, Jason McCoy Inc., James Brooks and Giorgio Cavallon, September-October 2009.
Washington, D.C., American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Remembering Marc & Komei, January-March 2006, no. 30.
Stable Gallery, New York
Union Carbide Corporation, Danbury
Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 5 May 1982, lot 196
H. Marc Moyens, Washington, D.C.
His sale; Christie's, New York, 28 February 2007, lot 334
Private collection, Austin
Acquired from the above by the present owner
About James Brooks
James Brooks was primarily an abstract painter, fascinated by the painterly accidents yielded by diluting oil paint with glue, enamel, and other household products. An early Abstract Expressionist and friend of Jackson Pollock, he experimented with Automatism and free brushwork after discarding the Social Realism of his early career (during which he created one of his most famous works, Flight (1942), a mural at LaGuardia Airport). Brooks was a pioneer in the use of staining, dilution, and accidental deterioration of canvases to create uncontrolled abstraction; he often applied his mixtures of commercial products and paints directly from the tube to create thick, deep surfaces, before adding in fluid lines and abstract shapes. His later works moved towards a purer exploration of color and form.
American, 1906-1992, St. Louis, Missouri