Roger Brown Estate Collection of Paintings and Prints
Through a series of gifts and bequests The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has become the primary repository of the personal, intellectual, and artistic effects of alumnus Roger Brown. His generosity to the School included a remarkable group of paintings and prints. Brown’s gift of paintings is organized into two groups: the Roger Brown Permanent Collection, a study collection of works that are available for study and exhibition, and the Roger Brown Estate Collection of Paintings and Prints. Works from the Estate Collections are offered for sale to museums and private collectors, and are available for loan to museum exhibitions. Proceeds from the sale of paintings and prints provide a major source of operating support for the Roger Brown Study Collection.
SAIC is in the unique position to share a wealth of artistic, personal, and intellectual resources from the RBSC Archive with collectors and institutions considering loans or purchases. The RBSC Archive includes Brown’s sketchbooks from early/student years to the early 1990s. From these we can often provide images from Brown’s creative process for a specific work or art, or a time frame in Brown’s career. We can often provide provenance, exhibition and publication histories, and at times we can find references to specific works or ideas in Brown’s writings.
SAIC has retained Russell Bowman as the SAIC/Roger Brown Estate Advisor.
For sales and/or exhibition information please contact Russell Bowman at:
Russell Bowman Art Advisory
311 West Superior Street, Suite 115
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312. 751-9500
Fax: 312. 751-9572
Russell Bowman was Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum from 1985 to August 2002, when he left to form Russell Bowman Art Advisory. He served as Chief Curator of the museum from 1980 to 1985, and was Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago from 1978 to 1980. During his tenure as Director, the Milwaukee Art Museum opened the renowned Santiago Calatrava designed addition, ranked among the top ten museums nationally in revenue from traveling exhibitions, and added such significant collections as the Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art, the Landfall Press Archive, ten works by Georgia O’Keeffe, and the Granvil and Marcia Specks Collection of German Expressionist Prints. Bowman has been integrally involved in promoting works by Roger Brown and other Imagist artists over the years, and has contributed to the scholarship on the art of Roger Brown in museum catalogues and other publications. SAIC is honored to have Bowman’s expertise and involvement in the custodianship of Roger Brown’s posthumous career.
Roger Brown Catalogue / Registry
The RBSC maintains a catalogue of Brown’s work, including a registry of collectors, which will form the basis for an eventual catalogue raisonne. We receive numerous requests for loans and reproduction permissions. If you own a work or works by Roger Brown we would like to include your contact information and information about the work(s) in this registry. We will not give your name out, but will notify you of requests for loans from museums and/or reproduction permissions. SAIC owns the copyright to all of Brown’s works, unless otherwise assigned, and can grant permission for works to be reproduced. When we receive reproduction requests we attempt to notify the owner.
For additional information or to provide information for the Roger Brown Catalogue / Registry, please contact:
Lisa Stone, curator
Roger Brown Study Collection
1926 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Telephone: 773. 929-2452
Fax: 773. 665-4802
Please enjoy this online gallery of Roger Brown paintings and prints. Photos of all paintings and prints by William H. Bengtson.
Click on links to the left to enter the Roger Brown Online Paintings and Prints Collections.