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Allegedly: The Hugh Brown Chainsaw Collection
     

Allegedly: The Hugh Brown Chainsaw Collection

by Mike McGee, Kristine McKenna
 
Artist Hugh Brown brings together an astounding collection of artwork forgeries: a who's who of contemporary artists including; Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorp, Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichenstien, Diane Arbus, Jackson Pollock and many more, all meticulously crafted but with a strange twist...Chainsaws! For eleven years Hugh

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Artist Hugh Brown brings together an astounding collection of artwork forgeries: a who's who of contemporary artists including; Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorp, Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichenstien, Diane Arbus, Jackson Pollock and many more, all meticulously crafted but with a strange twist...Chainsaws! For eleven years Hugh Brown was the Creative Director of Rhino Records, the best known and most successful archival and reissue design label in the world. His groundbreaking designs have garnered eleven packaging and design Grammy® nominations and three wins. He has won over fifty other awards from Print Magazine, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, AIGA, and many others. Hugh has been a working artist for 40 years specializing in photography, printmaking and assemblage. He has had seven solo shows and been in many group shows including two at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and three at the Triton Museum of Art. One of his proudest moments was his second place finish in the Design a chair for Barbie Competition sponsored by Vitra Design Museum, Metropolis Magazine, Mattell and W, not because of the second place finish but because the entry caused a fist fight among the judges.

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From the Publisher
"...Brown is one of the busiest multitaskers you're likely to encounter... He always has several projects going, in various stages of development, and chainsaws have been on his mind for quite a while." – Kristine McKenna

"Brown strikes me more as someone who's trying to throw a monkey wrench – I guess that should be chainsaw – into the whole art world star system. I don't think this is malicious. I believe Brown genuinely likes the artists who are, one way or another, exploited in this show. He also likes chainsaws." – Mike McGee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981798721
Publisher:
California State University, Fullerton, Visual Arts Center
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
84
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Kristine McKenna is a writer, critic and curator, best known for her interviews with artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers and musicians. McKenna co-curated the 1998 exhibition Forming: the Early Days of L.A. Punk, for Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. She was co-curator of Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & his Circle, a traveling group exhibition that opened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2005. She is producer and co-writer of The Cool School (film), a documentary about L.A.'s first avant-garde gallery, and her book, The Ferus Gallery: A Place to Begin, was published by Steidl in 2009.

Mike McGee is the Director of the Begovich Gallery at California State University, Fullerton. He is also the Director of the Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program and a Professor in the Art Department. An expert on Southern California art history, he teaches the only art history course on the region. McGee is founder of CSUF Grand Central Art Center, a residential/commercial/educational facility in downtown Santa Ana. He founded Grand Central Press in order to publish companion catalogs in conjunction with exhibitions at Grand Central Art Center as well as the Begovich Gallery.

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