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Introducing the Brutons

The three Bruton sisters, Margaret, Esther, and Helen, were prolific and inventive artists working in California from the 1920s through the 1970s. Together, and separately, they experimented with modernism in a wide variety of styles and mediums, collaborated with important artists and architects, were lauded by the press, and won countless art prizes, frequently besting male artists who went on to have more successful careers. Known as the “gifted sisters from Monterey” or the “three amazing Bruton sisters,” they were called “geniuses” who “impress by the intelligence of their art.”  They earned commissions for important public art projects funded by the WPA, culminating in their masterful execution of a bas relief mural for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco. The Brutons were paid $20,000 for the mural (more than $350,000 in today’s dollars), an astounding sum to earn in the final year of the Depression.   Despite their prominence in the early twentieth
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Bruton Sisters exhibition opens in February

I am delighted to announce that I am guest curating a Bruton sisters exhibition at the Langson Institute and Museum of California Art at UC Irvine.  The show, which opens February 4 and runs through May 6, is the first group exhibition of the sisters' work in more than 50 years.  After the exhibition closes in Irvine, it travels to the Monterey Museum of Art for the summer of 2023.  I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to share the Bruton sisters' story and incredible artwork with a broader audience.  

For more information, here's the press release for the show.  


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