Joe Brainard

Selected Works

December 12, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Untitled (Cheese)
1975
watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

Untitled (Rudy Ring)
1976
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Rose with Blue)
n.d.
watercolor on paper
3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Untitled (Greek Bathers)
1978
mixed media collage
6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Untitled (Male Early In The Day)
n. d.
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Butts and Matches)
1976
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Male Nude)
1971
paper cut-out
3 1/2 x 5 12/ inches

Untitled (Kiss Kiss Kiss)
1976
mixed media on paper
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Orange & Blue Abstract)
n.d.
mixed media collage
3 x 2 inches

Untitled (Male Torso in Glass Cloche)
1978
mixed media collage mounted on board
11 7/8 x 9 inches

Untitled (Heinz)
1977
mixed media collage
7 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches

Untitled (Singing in the Rain)
C. 1975
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Yellow Sun and Mountain)
n.d.
mixed media collage
3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Untitled (Pop Art)
c. 1975
collage
2 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches

Untitled (Framed Fan)
1976
ink and gouache on Monopoly banknote
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (our hard words here)
c.1975
mixed media collage
6 x 4 inches

Untitled (Cinzano)
n.d.
mixed media collage
3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

Untitled (With a Cherry on Top)
1975
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Hard Body)
1977
mixed media collage
6 x 4 inches

Untitled (Fishbowl Silhouette)
1978
mixed media collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Greek Bathers)
1978
mixed media collage
6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Untitled (Matchbook Flowers & Butterfly)
n.d.
collage on matchbook
3 3/4 x 2 inches

Untitled (Melted Butter Over Peas)
1975
collage
2 x 2 inches

Untitled #247 (Pansies)
1979
oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

Untitled ($5 Oreo)
n.d.
ink and gouache on Monopoly banknote
2 x 2 inches

Untitled (Bathroom Nude I)
1975
mixed media collage
2 1/4 x 2 5/8 inches

Untitled (Bathroom Nude II)
1975
mixed media collage
2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Untitled (Bathroom Nude III)
1975
mixed media collage
2 1/8 x 3 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery will present an exhibition of over 50 rarely seen works by Joe Brainard (1942–1994). Included in the exhibition are collages, paintings, watercolors, and ink drawings. More than half the works in the exhibition are on loan from private collections.

Brainard is best known for his small scale collages and works on paper. Although he knew Andy Warhol and considered him among his favorite artists (along with de Kooning), Brainard’s works are often humorous and earnest, in contrast to the cool detachment of much of the Pop art of the period. His work combines a technical skill and gift for composition along with seemingly endless invention and imagination.

Brainard grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to New York in 1960. He gained early recognition with his first solo exhibition in 1965. Over the next decade he exhibited regularly and his work was included in numerous museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Brainard’s work was the subject of a traveling retrospective in 2001 that was presented at MoMA P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City and the Berkeley Art Museum. His drawings, collages, assemblages, and paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among many others.