new-york

Roger Brown

Phyllis Kind Gallery

There are no surprises in Roger Brown’s latest show. All ten of the paintings here are marked by Brown’s signature Imagist cartoon style, a hybrid of faux naif and funk that has changed very little over the past twenty years. The new work is a continuation of the artist’s previous concerns: urban and rural America, current events and natural disasters, as well as his long-familiar political and art-historical polemics. In this show as in the past, Brown clearly stakes out his position as an outsider to contemporary society and as an opponent to what he sees as its ills.

He is at his best in such pieces as City Expanding, 1989, which hauntingly captures the fragmented nature of the modern metropolis and the alienation of its inhabitants. His nameless, faceless silhouetted figures populate congested skyscrapers, cars, and city streets, utterly isolated and blind to their own existence. Brown

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