Sketchbook 1982 by Roger Brown — PRICE ON REQUEST
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This is an artist-directed facsimile edition of one of the sketchbooks of Roger Brown (1941–1997). It contains studies and tipped-in prints of source material for many major works Brown made in the 1980s.
Brown is renowned for using a pop aesthetic to investigate a range of sociopolitical issues. His trademark silhouettes and curvilinear landscapes depict both the topical and uncomfortable. Brown’s work is of startling contemporary relevance, cleverly approaching many topics: the natural and built environment, disaster, religion, popular culture, the art world, art history, eroticism, and sociopolitical concerns, from modern warfare to mortality during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Rich in content and innovative in methods of depiction, Brown presaged the subjective and surreal figuration seen in many threads of recent painting.
Brown's sketchbooks reveal the origin and development of his creative process, providing insights into his artworks and revealing ideas that never went further than a sketch.
Brown's career abounded with solo and group exhibitions internationally, and notable retrospectives of his work were shown by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in 1980 and at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1987. The Roger Brown Study Collection, maintained by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with curator Lisa Stone, makes Brown’s prolific art collection and archive available to the public. His paintings have been featured recently in group exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada in Milan and MoMA PS1 in New York, and his Virtual Still Life works were highlighted in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. The artist’s work is included in notable private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and National Gallery of Art and National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Signed and numbered edition of 50.
Published and printed by Styria Studio, Inc., in collaboration with Roger Brown, 1982, facsimile sketchbook in slipcase, 23 folios on Arches 88 paper, letterpress by Grenfell Press, NY, bound at Sendor Binders, NY, 11.25 x 9.375 inches.