Jeff Brouws' work in photography captures the social experience and cultural relevance of classic American iconography. From highway landscapes of run-down motels and neon-lit gas stations to carnival scenes of small-town side-shows, Brouws' "visual anthropologies" offer a somber view of contemporary Americana. Born in San Francisco in 1955, Brouws is a self-taught photographer. His work is in major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Brouws was the subject of a one-man exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2000, and has been included in group exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art (2009), Williams College Art Museum (2003), Norsk Museum of Photography in Norway (2002), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2000). Published monographs include Approaching Nowhere (W.W. Norton and Company, 2006); Readymades: American Roadside Artifacts (Chronicle Books, 2003); Inside the Live Reptile Tent: The Twilight World of the Carnival Midway (Chronicle Books, 2001); Highway: America's Endless Dream (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1997); and Twenty-six Abandoned Gasoline Stations (Gas-N-Go Publications, 1992).
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