Sideshow Nation II: At the Alamo

Sideshown Nation II

Sideshow Gallery
319 Bedford Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

January 4 – March 2, 2014

Henry Brown participated in Sideshow’s evolved annual event Sideshow Nation II: At the Alamo.

Working It Out

The Painting Center
547 West 27th Street, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

June 18 – July 26, 2013

Artists of all disciplines begin their creative process with preparatory drawings. This enables visual problem solving throughout the execution of an artwork that is both fluid and beautiful. Drawing can be an exploration of materials, mark making, the emotional tenor of a piece, compositional arrangements or color. Working drawings are the visual manifestation of a work in progress; a working idea. Typically, this work is not seen by the public. These are private musings that reflect thought processes. They are, by definition, incomplete. This exhibition allowed the viewer to see the private world of the artist’s creative process.

Banned in D.C.

Strata 2012
Strata 2012

Ventana244 Art Space
244 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

April 12 – May 24, 2013

Henry Brown, Lori Ellison, Avis Fleming, Robert Franklin Gates, Cynthia Bickley-Green, Colin Greenly, Dan Yellow Kuhne, Alix Lambert, Chris Martin, Ed McGowin, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, Charlotte Robinson, Robin Rose, Eric Rudd, Roy Slade, Carroll Sockwell, Melissa Staiger, Robert Swain, Joan Waltemath, Thornton Willis, Ed Zerne

This exhibition included the work of twenty-two artists whose connections with the Washington D.C./Baltimore art scene are multifaceted. A supplementary component of this exhibition was a selection of documentation on the Washington/Baltimore art scene from 1949 – 2012.

American Abstract Artists International: 75th Anniversary

AAA ParisCONCRET Announcement

5 rue des Immeubles Industriels
75011 Paris, France

Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 31, 2012
also open Monday, April 9

Vernissage le 10 mars 17h-20h - jusqu'au samedi 31 mars, 2012
ouverture exceptionnelle le lundi 9 avril 14h/18h

American Abstract Artists (AAA) is a democratic artist-run organization, founded 75 years ago, to promote and foster public understanding of abstract and non-objective art. To date AAA has organized over 120 exhibitions of its membership in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad. American Abstract Artists was a predecessor to the New York School and Abstract Expressionism, and contributed to the development and acceptance of abstract art in the United States. It is one of the few artists’ organizations to survive from the Great Depression and continue into the 21st century.

ParisCONCRET is a focal point in Paris for new non objective art and international collaborative projects. ParisCONCRET shows contemporary work which falls within the broad field known as concrete—in other words non objective work. The work may be reductive, minimal, process oriented, site specific, single image or geometric abstraction—but always l’art concret in either 2 or 3 dimensions.

This exhibition at ParisCONCRET traveled from Otranto, Italy and Berlin, Gemany.


November 3 – 27, 2011

The Icebox and Grey Area at Crane Arts
1400 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA

Curated by Janet Kurnatowski

ABSTRACTION (Abstraction to the Power of Infinity) celebrated the perseverance of non-figurative and non-objective art, including the practitioners, pioneers and those working in the traditions of abstraction. This exhibition showed the recent work of 76 members of the American Abstract Artists (AAA), along with four guest exhibitors. The works exhibited spaned a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, and digital computer art; vividly communicating with color, line, form and texture.

As one of the few artists’ organizations born of the Great Depression, AAA was a pivotal force in the development and acceptance of abstract art in the US. The group’s continued vitality after 75 years is a testament to the power and reach of these non-objective art forms and points to an infinite future for abstraction…This exhibition was also a tribute to Will Barnet, an esteemed member of the AAA since 1954 and also the AAA’s first centenarian.

Exhibition curator Janet Kurnatowski is the owner and director of Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Since opening its doors in 2004, the gallery has maintained a strong focus on showing abstract art from emerging talent as well as mid-career and established artists. Special thanks to The Golden Rule Foundation for making this exhibition possible.

The Crane Company Building was built in 1905 out of cast concrete faced with brick. It was originally used as a plumbing warehouse and later to process frozen seafood. The enormous concrete block, first floor addition functioned as a walk-in freezer. It now serves as the Icebox Project Space. The Icebox is 5,000 square feet—50' W x 100' L x 24' HT. The Grey Area at Crane Arts is a cave-like space with smoky gray walls.

American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary

American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary at OK Harris Works of Art
Second Gallery at OK Harris Works of Art

OK Harris Works of Art
383 West Broadway
New York, NY

May 21 – July 15, 2011

Curated by OK Harris Works of Art

Threshold 2010
Threshold 2010, 60" x 72"

Henry Brown recently exhibited in American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary at OK Harris Works of Art. American Abstract Artists is an artist-run organization founded in 1936 to promote and foster public understanding of abstract and non-objective art. 2011 marks the 75th Anniversary of AAA. To date American Abstract Artists has organized over 100 exhibitions of its membership in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad. AAA publishes catalogs, the American Abstract Artists Journal, and member print portfolios. AAA distributes its published materials to cultural organizations internationally, documents its member history in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and hosts critical panels and symposia.

OK Harris was the first gallery on West Broadway and helped to inspire the development of SoHo as an art district. The gallery is a spacious facility, able to mount five one-person exhibitions simultaneously. The entire space is devoted to this exhibition.

The Big Show 6

The Silas Marder Gallery
120 Snake Hollow Road
Bridgehampton, NY

May 21 – June 22, 2011

53 artists were commissioned to make three paintings by The Silas Marder Gallery for The Big Show 6.

American Abstract Artists International / 75th Anniversary

American Abstract Artists International Brochure

Galerie oqbo
Brunnenstr. 63
Berlin, Germany

Deutscher Künstlerbund e.V.
Rosenthaler Str. 11
Berlin, Germany

May 14 – June 18, 2011

American Abstract Artists International / 75th Anniversary took place at two venues in Berlin. The exhibition included work from the current membership of American Abstract Artists and 20 German artists.

Yaddo – Artist’s Residency

Yaddo Mansion
Yaddo Mansion

Henry Brown was awarded a residency at Yaddo for 2011. Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400 acre estate in Saratoga Springs, NY. It offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. They are selected by panels of their peers for residencies lasting from two weeks to two months. Yaddo’s mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.