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The Light House Pub, New Buffalo

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

The Light House Pub, New Buffalo

Artist: Roger Brown (American, 1941 - 1997)
Date: 1985
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 21 3/4 × 25 1/4 × 3 in. (55.2 × 64.1 × 7.6 cm.)
Canvas (/image): 20 × 23 7/8 in. (50.8 × 60.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center; Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection, 1999.25
Accession number: 1999.25
Classification: painting
Label TextRoger Borwn was born in 1941 and raised in north-central Alabama. He moved to Chicago in the early1960s to study at the School of the Art Institute. There he evolved a highly personal style as part of a close-knit community of teachers and students. By the early 1970s, Brown along with his colleagues had been identified as Chicago Imagists. Source: News, April May June 1988. Just east of Chicago is the beachside community of New Buffalo, Michigan, where Brown’s partner, George Veronda, designed a home and studio retreat for the couple. Here, Brown depicts a New Buffalo pub in his distinct, cartoon-like style. He’s rendered the customers as silhouettes—a common tactic employed by Brown that can discreetly indicate anonymity or queerness. October, 2020
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