The Wall Street Journal takes a fresh look at SAIC alumnus Roger Brown.
The Wall Street Journal takes a fresh look at SAIC alumnus Roger Brown.
February 1

The “Cuddly” but Controversial Chicago Imagist

Despite naming SAIC alum Roger Brown the most “cuddly” among the Chicago imagists, the Wall Street Journal art critic Peter Plagens notes the artist “was also something of a crusader, however, and at times an angry one.”  In “Imagism and Alienation,” Plagens highlights some of the artist’s more controversial, “huggable-with-a-barb paintings,” displayed in D.C. Moore Gallery’s current exhibition in New York. He focuses on Sarajevo and Serbian Way, depicting “Mr. Brown’s windowed people inside a building being blown apart.” The complicated, contentious aspects of Brown’s visual identity were also explored in the fall 2012 exhibition Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Storyat SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries.