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Joan Mitchell: Works on Paper 1956-1992 [Hardcover]

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Painter Joan Mitchell was never content to compose "easy" abstractions, preferring to challenge both herself and the viewer with works that pushed the limits of her own sense of beauty. As an Abstract Expressionist, she worked in an idiom that was well established when she began, and curator Klaus Kertess has usefully compared her achievement to that of Soutine and late Bonnard, also artists who did not "innovate" formally but built their achievement by exploring an existing painterly language for their own more intimate purposes. As the critic Jed Perl once wrote of her paintings: "The best Mitchells are authentically civilized experiences. Our appetites are focused and clarified."
This volume is the first comprehensive presentation of the artist's works on paper--which Mitchell once curtly characterized as "lady paintings." That comment surely had to do with her generation's censure of prettiness--however, contemporary viewers are now free to enjoy the delights of this buoyant and lively body of work.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.6" Width: 10.31" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   2.87 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Steidl/Cheim & Read Gallery
ISBN  3865214681  
ISBN13  9783865214683  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Yau is a well-known poet, critic, and editor. he has published eight books of poems and several works of prose, as well as monographs on the work of Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and A. R. Penck. His poetry and criticism have been published in dozens of national magazines.

John Yau currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. John Yau was born in 1950.

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great book  Jun 20, 2008

I saw her retrospective when it came to Alabama a few years ago. It was the best show I have ever seen. It blew me away. Transcendental and sensual and alive. Up there with Rothko, Bonnard, late Picasso.
Expensive, but Hey, It's Joan Mitchell  Nov 6, 2007
I am sure that this book will decrease in price, but if you are a lover of Joan's work, some of you won't wait. The book includes, oil, pastel and charcoal works on paper. All of the work is abstract and alive.

However, for those beginning to view Mitchell's work, you might look at this other book first. It has more of her large oils, which she is best known for. In addition, it contains more images and is cheaper.

The Paintings of Joan Mitchell (Whitney Museum of American Art) (Paperback)
by Jane Livingston (Author)

Since I wrote this review, the book of Joan Mitchell's Works on Paper has gone up to a ridiculous price. I do not know why.

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