Inman Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition, Richard Brown Lethem: Roots, Stones and Baggage, on view January 14, 2023–February 25, 2023. Please join us Saturday, January 14 for the opening festivities, beginning with a conversation between Brown Lethem and Emily Joyce at 1pm, moderated by author Jonathan Lethem. After the talk, we will host an artists’ reception from 2–4 pm.
Richard Brown Lethem (b. 1932) has been living and thinking in paint on canvas since the 1950’s, with results that have been categorized, more or less aptly, as abstraction, expressionism, figuration, social realism, surrealism, and allegory. Now in his ‘90’s, Lethem’s imagery has become unified and direct, often consisting of a central form derived from nature, yet distilled, by the visionary pressure of his attention, into symbols seemingly directly drawn from his psychic landscape, and beamed into that of the viewer. If this is an example of “late style,” it is one defiantly uninterested in a modest contemplation of mortality; instead, the painter’s wisdom exalts an embrace of color and sensuality, and traces the joyous mystery of our consistent presence as neighboring bodies in a shared field of space.
Joyce explains by sharing a Barbara Pym quote:
“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasures like cooking, one's home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.”
SPECIAL GALLERY EVENT
Saturday, January 14, 1:00pm. Conversation between Emily Joyce and Brown Lethem, moderated by author Jonathan Lethem.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of twelve novels including The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City. His thirteenth, Brooklyn Crime Novel, will be published in October. He writes frequently about music, art, film and other cultural subjects for The New Yorker, Harper’s, Bookforum, Medium and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.