New York, NY – Olde Hope is pleased to announce the opening of “Shelf Life: The Art of Laurene Krasny Brown” at our New York gallery. The exhibition runs from April 14 to July 2 and features 37 of the artist’s works hanging alongside complementary pieces of American painted furniture, folk art and decorative arts from Olde Hope’s inventory. A catalog will be available which includes an essay by Stacy C. Hollander, former longtime curator of the American Folk Art Museum, who states that “Brown’s art is intimate and labor intensive, the result being unexpected healing “.
Working primarily on paper, Brown creates collages, assemblages, relief works and small sculptures that seek to extract and express something emotionally and aesthetically essential. “I draw a lot from the traditions of American folk art: appreciation for materials, craftsmanship, ingenuity, attention to detail, economy of means, and especially the way an object often ages to its advantage,” says Brown. “Creating conversations between my work and American antiquities makes this exhibit very special to me; that’s why I feel so at home here. The exhibition includes still life compositions inspired by 19th century theorem paintings, as well as geometric works that reference early graphic game boards.
Laurene Krasny Brown was born and raised in New York. After earning degrees from Cornell University, Columbia University, and Harvard University, Brown embarked on a career in education, research, and child cognitive development. She is the author of seventeen books for young children, including titles dealing with well-being and friendship. For the past twenty years, she has focused on creating art. As a self-taught artist, Brown has exhibited in galleries in New York, Boston, and Martha’s Vineyard, where she spends her summers with her husband, Marc. She has been a guest artist working and exhibiting in Amherst, Virginia, Paros, Greece, Auvillar and Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and most recently at the American Academy in Rome. She exhibited in 2020 with JVS Project Space at Art on Paper, and her first solo exhibition was at Fenimore Art Museum in 2021.
Olde Hope Antiques was established on July 4, 1976 in New Hope, Pennsylvania by Edwin Hild and Patrick Bell. Both were in their early twenties and inspired by the 1974 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art called “The Flowering of American Folk Art”. They were exhibitors at the Winter Show at Park Avenue Amory for 23 years before opening a second gallery on the Upper East Side in 2019. Olde Hope is recognized as one of the leading sources of exceptional examples of folk arts and American decor, including painted furniture. , weather vanes, textiles, fraktur and portrait.