Joan Mitchell
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Joan Mitchell
UNTITLED  1960
Oil on canvas
48 1/2 x 79 1/2 inches
123.2 x 201.9 centimeters


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JOAN MITCHELL
1925—1992
Born in Chicago in 1925, Joan Mitchell established herself as a formidable talent in postwar New York’s avant-garde scene. In 1951, her work was exhibited alongside that of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Hans Hoffman in the celebrated “Ninth Street Show,” which marked the ascendancy of Abstract Expressionism within the development of modern art. Exemplifying the ideals of the New York School, Mitchell’s paintings wager all on the expressive potential of the painterly mark itself, freed from the constraints of traditional representation. Given the macho posturing for which the movement’s adherents have earned a reputation – almost all of them were men – Joan Mitchell’s prowess in this milieu is all the more remarkable. Mitchell was connected to her generation’s response to and redirection of gestural abstraction. Sparked by elements and colors found in her surroundings—the circuitous line of the river, the specific blue hue of the sky—Mitchell’s works are charged with a concentrated reaction to her natural and emotional environment; they provide intimate evidence of a hand and mind in motion. Critic John Yau has written, “It is her singular achievement to have stripped her process down to the simplest means…in order to make her work allude to something far larger than landscape, and that is the exigencies of life itself.”

 

Joan Mitchell has since been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, and examples of her work hang in nearly all major public collections of modern art including: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Osaka City Art Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Samsung Museum, Seoul and The Tate Gallery, London. 


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Joan Mitchell: The Sketchbook Drawings
February 27 - May 31, 2015
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Joan Mitchell
The Last Paintings
November 3, 2011 – January 4, 2012
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The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition
June 30 – September 17, 2011
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From a collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941 - 1971
October 29 – December 30, 2010
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The Independent Viewspaper 9/10/10
Joan Mitchell
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Abstractions by Gallery Artists
September 24 – October 3, 2009
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The Female Gaze
Women Look At Women
June 25 – September 19, 2009
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Joan Mitchell
Works on Paper 1956 - 1992
May 10 – June 16, 2007
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still Life
June 22 – September 8, 2006
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Soutine and Modern Art
The New Landscape/The New Still LIfe
May 31, 2006
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Joan Mitchell
Fremicourt Paintings 1960 - 62
May 10 – June 25, 2005
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Joan Mitchell
The Presence of Absence
June 20 – August 16, 2002
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Small Paintings
HAND PAINTED PICTURES by Ingo Meller, Louise Fishman, Juan Uslé, Richmond Burton, Joan Mitchell, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Jack Pierson, Dona Nelson, Eva Hes
July 1 – 31, 1998
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Joan Mitchell & John Chamberlain
A Juxtaposition
November 19, 1997 – January 10, 1998

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