A Bushwick painter

Check out the James Kalm Report from Deborah Brown’s show at Lesley Heller. “For the last five years Deborah Brown has painted images of her Bushwick neighborhood. During that time she has also been one of the area’s most staunch supporters. But it wasn’t until she opened STOREFRONT Gallery last year that things really started to click. Working as a local art activist, with her neighborhood focus, Brown has featured dozens of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Brooklyn artists in shows, and become a nexus of the artistic community. The painting are a testament to her appreciation of this local and show a fondness for its quirks and characters.” (And look for remarks from Two Coats of Paint at 2:29!)

In the video, James Kalm compares Brown’s paintings to those of Loren MacIver, who depicted the objects and incidents of her daily life in a fragile, ethereal style reminiscent of Marc Chagall and Paul Klee. Although her name isn�t as well-known as female contemporaries like Georgia O�Keefe, she represented the United States at the 1962 Venice Biennale, had a retrospective at the Whitney, and placed work in many prestigious collections. Check out “Tracking Loren MacIver,” an article I wrote in 2008 for The Brooklyn Rail. 

Deborah Brown: The Bushwick Paintings,” Lesley Heller, New York, NY. Through Febrruary 20, 2011.

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