If you’re a reporter who covers the art world, chances are you have Google Alerts set for all the major players: “Larry Gagosian,” “David Zwirner,” “Marian Goodman,” “Marc Glimcher,” and, of course, the lovable downtown dealer “Gavin Brown,” among others. As you’ve no doubt noticed from that sampling, Gavin Brown’s name, by no means generic, still tends to be more common than many of the others found on Planet Art. And as such our Google Alert has turned up some shocking discoveries. For instance, did you know that there’s a whole host of Gavin Browns who are not Gavin Brown? Here is a guide to some of them.
A good body double for the Gavin Brown we know and love, Gavin ‘Golden’ Brown is a multi-award-winning Canadian record producer whose main success came when collaborating with acts such as Billy Talent and Three Days Grace on records that ultimately went platinum. He has also worked with New Kids on the Block, Lady Gaga, Chad Kroeger and Cancer Bats, as well as producing the lead song to the third Twilight film, Eclipse.
Now an Australian Football Hall of famer, this Gavin Brown was a wingman for Collingwood in the AFL, known for his wide array of skills on the field that resulted in 195 goals in a career spanning 13 years. After retiring in 2000 he joined the club in an assistant-coaching role and has since moved to Carlton Football Club to perform a similar role, a choice that must have been controversial as both are Melbourne-based clubs.
Have you ever wondered who is the Convener of the Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee? It’s Gavin Brown. Un-phased after being unsuccessful in consecutive elections for the region of Edinburgh South, this conservative was then elected to be one of seven members of Scottish parliament to represent the Lothian region. A keen family man, Mr. Brown also likes to keep himself fit. He has run the Edinburgh marathon, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
The only Gavin Brown on our list who has, sadly, passed on. Beginning his studies in Britain he attended and worked at universities including St. Andrews, Newcastle and Liverpool. At 33, he emigrated to Australia to work at the University of New South Wales, where he rose to become chair of Pure Mathematics. Before retirement he was appointed the vice chancellor at both the University of Adelaide and the University of Sydney. He died on Christmas Day in 2010.
The compliments are there for all to see on the website. “We would highly recommend his professional yet warm and personal services as a marriage officer...” one couple writes. Another states, “Gavin has the ability to turn what can be a very formal process into an event filled with laughter, love and emotion...” With countless more positive testimonials to read, should you be thinking about travelling to South Africa for your wedding day, why would you look to anyone but Gavin Brown?
Who do you think is Clyde FC’s best defender? We think it's Gavin Brown. The start to the new season has been slow for the young Scotsman, who joined ‘The Bully Wee’ from Kilmarnock, but his form in previous seasons speaks for itself, scoring twice in the 11/12 campaign, one of which came third in the Scottish Football League’s goal-of-the-season competition. Such performances cemented this man’s status as one of the best right backs in the Third Division.
In the town of Waynesville, N.C., Mayor Gavin Brown rules the roost. Despite being in charge for less than a year, there is no doubt that Mr. Brown has won over the hearts of the townsfolk. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of Town Hall on South Main Street.
Neurology is not something one should approach lightly, and when dealing with issues regarding your nervous system, we advise you only ever see a fully trained neurologist like Gavin Brown. Based at the Bernstein & McCasland practice in Atlanta since 2010, Gavin F. Brown, M.D., was educated at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University and was chief resident during his final year of residency.
Our next Gavin Brown must be fascinated with New York City despite being based in Leicester, England. A Human Geography lecturer at the university there, Mr. Brown claims his main interests are the relationships between social change and changes to a built-up environment, suggesting to us that the Big Apple could certainly have been at the focus of some of his research. His office is room F57 of the Bennett Building.
USA rugby player Gavin Brown has played the game for seven years now. Four years were spent at North Central High School playing for the Panthers before making his jump up to the international level. Earlier this year he was included in a squad to travel to England to compete in a 7s A-side tournament and has claimed that travel is one of the things he most enjoys about his career.
Unfortunately not all Gavin Browns are honest, respectable members of society. In England, earlier this month, the Eastern Daily Press reported the harrowing story of how a Great Yarmouth resident, one Gavin Brown, had been arrested for “possession of an offensive weapon.” Police officers later identified the weapon as “a rock in a sock.” The results of the court case are unknown.