Joan Mitchell Catalog

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A sweeping retrospective exploring the oeuvre of an incandescent artist, revealing the ways that Mitchell expanded painting beyond Abstract Expressionism as well as the transatlantic contexts that shaped her

Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) was fearless in her experimentation, creating works of unparalleled beauty, strength, and emotional intensity. This gorgeous book unfolds the story of an artistic master of the highest order, revealing the ways she expanded abstract painting and illuminating the transatlantic contexts that shaped her. Lavish illustrations cover the full arc of her artistic practice, from her exceptional New York paintings of the early 1950s to the majestic multipanel compositions she made in France later in her career. Signature works are represented here along with rarely seen paintings, works on paper, artist’s sketchbooks, and photographs of Mitchell’s life, social circle, and surroundings.

Featuring scholarly texts, in-depth essays, and artistic and literary responses, this book is organized in ten chronological chapters. Each chapter centers on a closely related suite of paintings, illuminating a shifting inner landscape colored by experience, sensation, memory, and a deep sense of place. Presenting groundbreaking research and a variety of perspectives on her art, life, and connections to poetry and music, this unprecedented volume is an essential reference for Mitchell’s admirers and those just discovering her work.

Published to accompany the exhibition co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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    Posted by Betty on Apr 14th 2022

    Absolutely fabulous collectors-quality book. High-quality reproductions and insightful text. My artist friends all want to read it but they’ll have to buy their own or read while I hover over it like a wary mother hen.

  • 5
    Top notch exhibition publication. Important retrospective of Joan Mitchell’s work.

    Posted by Susan Finnegan on Mar 2nd 2022

    Text and images are wonderful.

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    Posted by MOSS-FISHBURNE HAJNA on Dec 1st 2021

    Looking forward to seeing the show in Baltimore after receiving this beautiful catalogue.

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    Joan Mitchell book

    Posted by marilyn monaco on Sep 14th 2021

    This is a beautiful book with lots of paintings and an erudite copy which I am slowly making my way through.