The James Edward Brewton Foundation, Inc.
We locate and preserve artworks by James Brewton (1930-1967). A Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we collaborate with cultural institutions and serve as a resource for scholars and the public.
Philadelphia-based painter and printmaker James Brewton made a brilliant start, but died at age 36 on May 11, 1967. (Biography here.) After a couple of memorial shows in 1968 and 1971, his work was dispersed and Jim was largely forgotten.
His daughter, Emily, formed the Brewton Foundation in 2008 and, with support from a renowned curator and Jim's friends, began hunting for the artwork. Jim spent months at a time working in Denmark, and some of his pictures are coming to light there, as well as in the U.S. and Canada.
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. We're very grateful that, as of 2018, we have located more than 175 works. We know of at least 35 that are still missing.
In collaboration with educational and cultural institutions, we help enhance public awareness, study and understanding of avant-garde arts movements and artists' groups such as CoBrA, Pataphysics and abstract expressionism.
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 twice a year since the 2014 conference. The Brewton Foundation is delighted to be a PASC partner organization; the ongoing collaboration fulfills the second half of our mission.
If you'd like more information about the Brewton Foundation, or you have a Brewton artwork we should know about, please contact us.
We are an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charity. Donate here with PayPal or credit card. Your tax-deductible donation helps bring the artworks back to life, exhibit them and collaborate with educational and cultural organizations.
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