The New York Times Reviews Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes

Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes via Museum of Arts and Design; Jenna Bascom
“Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, photo: Jenna Bascom via the "New York Times"

Roberta Smith (HON 2017) of the New York Times reviewed Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes, an exhibit of work by Roger Brown (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The exhibit is the first museum show devoted to the artist's work in New York and brings together a motley grouping of the artist's "virtual still life" paintings made near the end of his career. Smith describes a slide show of Brown's three homes as, "a gripping account of one artist’s taste and voracious acquisitiveness as well as the rich veins of Americana that fed his art." She goes on to say about the virtual still lifes: "They also reflect an artist who knew his time was cruelly limited and was trying to reveal more of himself, more of his object-love and more of his debt to the often abandoned corners of American visual culture."

The exhibit was also reviewed in Hyperallergic. "These works, which are not as well known as his signature portraits, or his cityscapes and landscapes with their ominous skies, reveal an artist who worked with unlikely materials, including commercial carpeting, and on a variety objects, including chairs and irons," says Hyperallergic. The exhibit runs through September 15 and was curated by Shannon Stratton (MFA 2003, MA 2008) with support from Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy and Roger Brown Study Collection Curator Lisa Stone (MS 1998, Art History, Theory, and Criticism).