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Christopher Brown
Born 1951 in Cape Lejeune, NC
Lives and works in Berkeley, CA
Elm Street, 1995
oil paint on linen
88 x 95 inches
Gift of the E. Kemper Carter and Anna Curry Carter Community Memorial Trust
1996.3
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Brown is considered by many to be the contemporary interpreter of the California painterly tradition led by such artists as Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and David Park. Elm Street is one of his series of paintings exploring the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Inspired by Abraham Zapruder's infamous silent 8mm film—the only known film of the entire assassination—Elm Street creates a bystander-as-witness theme, focusing on the way people see and remember an event.