Herbert L. Brown (Reuben; March 11-31) studied with Max Beckmann, among others, in New York. His style is Expressionist, sometimes abstract, very New York aware. The standout of the show is a series which the artist says "revolves around the figure," which is like describing the wildly inventive and erotic carvings on the houses of Kathmandu as "architectural decorations". The sexuality is plain-painted, swift on the messings of offbeat pigment, and to describe them would imply a sociologizing or Laurentian point of view; an exuberance would be lost, a humorlessness gained. They describe prowess and pleasure, with the rapid organic change of a story going the rounds, or a physical act. A series about the city only sometimes solves the problem of connecting or not connecting a post-Guston Grid to a slickly overcast sky. Oil-on-paper drawings, some of dead puppets ("blood lends itself to my pigment") are also shown.
– James Schuyler, ARTnews, March 1960