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The Paintings of Joan Mitchell Paperback – June 30, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Like Ellen Landau's large-scale monograph on Jackson Pollock, you wonder why a book of this quality is available so inexpensively. Someone must have done too long a print run initially. Take advantage. When you look at the prices of the Kertess or Bernstock monographs on Joan Mitchell, you realize this is a screaming bargain, not to be missed.
I recommended this book for any person who love the beauty of color, life and paint, and for painters who want to learn what means the freedom of action and think.
Thank you and excuse my english.
I recommend buying the Whitney Museum book. It is inexpensive and is comprehensive.
Joan Mitchell, not often found in general art books, none-the-less imposes a powerful presence in the tapestry of american art. Overshadowed by masculine icons the likes of Pollack, de Kooning, Kline. Mitchell brought a strong feminine bravura to the abstract expressionist genre.
This lovely book celebrates the Whitney museum's 2002 - 2004 exhibtion. The paintings presented here sweep through the decades from her establishing herself during the 1950's - 60's through her mature visual paraphrasing of the 80's.
Delicate energetic masterpieces are beautifully brought forth in 88 full page color plates. An embodying text follows her life from marginalized artist to a forefront figure strong in both expression and lifestyle.
The book is not just a beautifully executed catalogue of a major exhibition in 2003/2004 of Mitchell's work ( with excellent reproductions!) but the extensive well-written and scholarly essay by Jane Livingston provides a wonderful introduction to Mitchell as a artist and a person. Cajori's documentary was made shortly before Mitchell's death, and provides extra depth and color to the book.
I was especially touched by Mitchell's repeated refusal to "explain" her works; as an abstract painter, she prefers to let her glorious colorful paintings speak for themselves, and to leave it to the individual viewers to decide what her art means to them
The book is fleshed out with three essays by three different authors. Jane Livingstone's gives a fairly good sense of Joan's life from growing up in Chicago, to time in New York, to time in France to the relationships of importance and influence. All three essays, between the lines, give a good sense of the uneasy relationship between an artist and `the art world,' often a love-hate relationship between the world of creativity, and the world of public acclaim, acquisition, money, survival. (For direct discussion of how pernicious art acquisition and money have become on art itself, especially from the time of this book publication, read some Jed Perl).
Yvette Lee's essay on Joan's late life series La Grande Vallee is informative and interesting and mercifully minimizes exploring the critic-historian's comparative analyses, while giving you enough insight to do that on your own.
In Linda Nochlin's essay, A Rage To Paint, you know you are in trouble when the word "heuristic" shows up in the very first sentence. You'd think a writer, and editors, would know better. Yet, I suppose the Whitney people felt they needed some filler that directly addressed a feminist perspective, just because, but what a dry, tendentious, academic, and ultimately ironic essay. There is enough information in even this essay, as well as other work, to know that Joan would have rolled her eyes at such an approach to her work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As bold a painter as DeKooning or any of the other stars of the period. Sadly overshadowed by a male dominant art society. Her work proves otherwise.Published 5 months ago by Michael J. Thoresen
I am an abstract painter and I worship Joan Mitchell. The book is very good with photos and text. And not expensive.Published 6 months ago by artsy4artsy
the book of MITCHELLS PAINTINGS WAS EXCEPTIONAL'MANY PICTURES ANDQUALITY COLORS.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Readable concise biographic sketch of Joan Mitchell's life with a varied representation of her creative work. The reproductions of her paintings seem quite color accurate.Published on July 29, 2014 by M. Nichols