The James E. Brewton Foundation, Inc., locates and preserves artworks by Brewton (1930-1967). A Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we collaborate with cultural institutions and serve as a resource for the advanced study of mid-century avant-garde art.
Finding and stabilizing the artwork was our primary focus during the first years of operation. When the search began, we knew of about 14 pieces. Today, we have located more than 150 works; at least 35 documented pieces are still missing. Brewton's works are coming to light in Denmark, as well as the U.S., U.K., and Canada.
In collaboration with educational and cultural institutions, we help enhance public awareness, study and understanding of avant-garde arts movements such as Surrealism, CoBrA and 'Pataphysics.
In 2014, we collaborated with the scholars who organized a three-day conference and events called 'Philadelphia a la Pataphysique' at the University of Pennsylvania. One of the events was Jim Brewton's first solo show in 43 years.
Based on the success of 'Philadelphia a la Pataphysique,' the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC) was founded. PASC has hosted symposia at least once a year since the 2014 conference. The Brewton Foundation is delighted to be a PASC partner organization; our ongoing collaboration helps us to fulfill our mission, serving as an educational resource.
In 2020, the Brewton Foundation is focusing on several projects:
If you'd like more information about the Brewton Foundation, or you own a Brewton artwork we may add to the catalogue raisonné, please contact us.
We are an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charity. Donate here with PayPal or credit card. Your tax-deductible gift helps bring the artworks back to life, exhibit them and collaborate with educational and cultural organizations. Thank you for your interest.