Art Auction 2018 | James hd Brown


James hd Brown

The White Kid Finger
Pastel on linen mounted on paper, 2000
18 1/2 x 29 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $12,000
Buy it Now: $4,000
Executive Director’s Pick

James hd Brown was born in Glendale and spent long periods of his childhood in Laguna Beach. He enrolled at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood to study in the print department founded by Sister Mary Corita Kent, and completed his education at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. After remaining in Paris for several years, he moved to New York in 1979 to continue his nascent career alongside figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the East Village art scene. In 1995 he moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where he and his wife founded the Carpe Diem Press, inviting leading artists and writers to create limited-edition books. Brown currently lives and works in Mérida, Mexico. A prolific artist of some stature internationally who is relatively little known in the United States, he was the subject of a long-awaited Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in 2017. Though best known for his painted abstractions and experimental prints, he has a long history with other media, including ceramics, textiles, and artist’s books.

Made in Oaxaca in 2000, The White Kid Finger is from a group of pastels drawn on the folded paper-backed linen that was traditionally used for maps. “I only worked on them at night around 9 or 10 o’clock,” the artist writes. “They were made as additional preparations for the paintings I was making at that time—a parallel group of work. The general title for all of that work is INTERNAL ORDER. All of the work made in Oaxaca at that time falls under this title. The specific title of this pastel might refer to something written by D. H. Lawrence. His work was useful to me.” The phrase “white kid finger” appears in Lawrence’s short story The Captain’s Doll in reference to a lady wearing white kid gloves.

Selected Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City

Selected Exhibitions

James hd Brown: Life and Work in Mexico, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 2017
Los Planetas, Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, 2013
James Brown: Work on Paper, 1981-2005, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Queens, New York, 2006

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