San Francisco

Joan Brown, The Cosmic Nurse, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 96 1⁄2 × 79".

Joan Brown, The Cosmic Nurse, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 96 1⁄2 × 79".

Joan Brown

Anglim Gilbert Gallery

When the goings-on in contemporary San Francisco weigh heavily on the conscience, a reexamination of the work of the city’s earlier visionaries can provide a fleeting moment of relief. The painter Joan Brown was born in the Bay Area in 1938 and lived there until her tragic death in 1990. Selections from her oeuvre were recently on view at Anglim Gilbert Gallery, located in the new Minnesota Street Project gallery complex—just over a mile from the recently constructed Golden State Warriors stadium and surrounded by garish property developments that threaten to erase the neighborhood’s industrial and working-class roots. Brown might not recognize these streets at all, but the chimera-like women and owlish cats of her canvases fiercely haunt her former domain.

Alongside selected figural pieces from Brown’s thirty-two-year career, “The Authentic Figure” presented never-before-exhibited works

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