This is a large-scale survey of the iconic artist Joan Mitchell (1925–1992), which focusses on painting, from the early work of the 1950s to her last years, presenting nearly 30 paintings by one of 20th century art’s most significant protagonists.
A large part of the exhibition and this accompanying publication is dedicated to the first extensive public presentation of archival materials, providing an extraordinary insight into the artist’s fascinating life. Film, photographs, and other ephemera shed light on Joan Mitchell’s personality and her relationship to such cultural figures as Elaine de Kooning, Frank O’Hara, and Samuel Beckett.
Mitchell’s early work displayed an affiliation to the New York School, but her gestural application of paint changed by the end of the 1950s on moving to France when she began citing such painters as Vincent van Gogh as role models. This retrospective gathers together works from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and from private collections, some of which have rarely or never been publicly shown before.
Yilmaz Dziewior, in his essay, locates Mitchell’s work within an art historical context, whilst the current relevance of her painting is discussed, in conversation, by Isabelle Graw and Jutta Koether and in a separate text by Ken Okiishi, as a representative of a younger generation. An illustrated timeline, compiled by Laura Morris, once again interweaves Mitchell’s life and work.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Joan Mitchell: Retrospective – Her Life and Paintings at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 10 July – 25 October 2015.
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