The Center Obelisk
The Center Obelisk, 1986
Joan Brown (1930-1990)
Donated to the City of Beverly Hills
Brown's reputation was based on her intensely painted canvases that synthesized figurative imagery with the dynamic gestures of abstract expressionism. She created a body of work distinguished by its breadth and personal vision, even though her creative output was cut short by her premature death. She was a notable member of the "second generation" of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. She achieved prominence with a style of figurative painting that combined bright color, sometimes cartoonish drawing, and personal symbolism.