Women abstract expressionist painters have been neglected, but Joan Mitchell was the subject of a major retrospective in 2002, and now Joan Snyder, a painter whose questing work ventures into territory that would be called, years after her pioneering explorations, neoexpressionism, is accorded the attention she deserves in a volume of vibrant reproductions and enlightening and enjoyable commentary. Herrera, known best for her biography of Frida Kahlo, writes that Snyder's richly hued, dramatically textured, and palpably spiritual paintings "pulsate with energy." Snyder's works are symphonic and kinetic. Some resemble samplers or quilts, others depict fields both earthy and abstract, and yet others offer provocative variations on the motifs of Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Anselm Kiefer, and early Rauschenberg. Rooted in her life, her feminist perspective, and her communion with nature, Snyder's daring, high-voltage works reach for amplitude, emotional verity, and a connection with the "inner structure of matter." Herrera and her contributors offer just enough biography and criticism to establish an illuminating context for Snyder's paintings and then leave the viewer free to absorb these boldly expressive and enlightening works head-on. Donna SeamanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Hayden Herrera is an art historian and critic who has contributed articles to publications such as Art in America, Artforum, Arts, ARTnews, Connoisseur, House and Garden
, and The New York Times Book Review
. She has lectured widely, organized several exhibitions, and taught Latin American art at New York University. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Herrera is the author of Abrams' Mary Frank
as well as Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo, Frida Kahlo-The Paintings
, and Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work
. She lives in New York.
Jenny Sorkin is a critic and curator who has written for Frieze, Art Journal, Art Monthly
, and The New Art Examiner
. She is currently a doctoral student in the History of Art Department at Yale University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Norman L. Kleeblatt is the Susan and Elihu Rose Curator at The Jewish Museum, New York.