New York

Roger Brown

Phyllis Kind Gallery

Roger Brown is in a retrospective mood; indeed this show had something of a “greatest hits” quality, with the artist trotting out stylistic pictorial motifs he has employed since the ’60s as background to the glassware and ceramics he has been collecting for most of his life. Each of the 16 works in this series titled “Virtual Still Life,” 1995, has a small shelf at its bottom edge, along which Brown lines up all manner of crockery—vases, bowls, carafes, teapots, saki cups, and mugs—sometimes as few as one item per work, sometimes as many as six or seven. Though much of this ware is relatively pedestrian in quality, each piece bespeaks its utilitarian function; Brown clearly cares for the spirit he finds in the humble vessels he gives new life as art.

At times, Brown takes pictorial cues from the crockery. In Virtual Still Life #2: Large Bowl with Western Landscape, for instance, the glazed

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