Here is one thing that has to be said: Paul Schimmel knows how to make lemonade when handed lemons. What he has accomplished since being fired from MOCA in late June of 2012 is staggering. Speaking to the press yesterday and describing his vision for what Hauser Wirth & Schimmel can and will be must have been the high point of his life. Schimmel and his partners in this enterprise have given Los Angeles a tremendous gift.
JOAN BROWN HERSELF begins chronologically with examples of four enamel on masonite paintings from the early 1970s; notably "Christmas Time (Noel and Joan)" (1970) and "Parts of A Woman" (1972). Additional works include two constructions in cardboard and string, "Luxury Liner" and "The Smoker" (1973) as well as two large-scale canvases, "Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby" (1975) and "The Kiss" (1976). The exhibition continues chronologically with an example of her late-70s immersion in spirituality, "Cosmic Nurse" (1978), and concludes with "Self-portrait at Age 42" (1980), one of many "birthday" self-portraits she painted over the course of her career.Whether you haven't ever seen Joan's work before--or if you are like me and haven't seen it in a long time--you will enjoy this show. The work is remarkably touching and it has grit and humor too.