"Joan Mitchell" by Sarah Roberts

Joan Mitchell Sarah Roberts, Katy Siegel, Paul Auster, Gisele Barreau, Eric de Chassey, Jennifer Hickey, David Reed, Eileen Myles, Richard Shiff, Joyce Pensato, Jenni Quilter

Publication date:
25 Aug 2020
Yale University Press
384 pages: 292 x 254mm
approx. 350 color + b-w illus., with 4 gatefolds

This gorgeous book unfolds the story of Joan Mitchell (1925–1992), an artistic master of the highest order, who was fearless in her experimentation and created works of beauty, strength, and emotional intensity. Lavish illustrations cover the full arc of Mitchell’s artistic practice, from her exceptional New York paintings in the early 1950s to the majestic multi-panel compositions she made in France later in her career, and include signature works as well as rarely seen paintings, works on paper, artist sketchbooks, and archival photographs. 
Featuring curatorial texts, in-depth essays, and literary responses, the book is organized in ten chronological chapters, centering on moments when Mitchell’s concerns emerge in closely related suites of canvases that explore her inner landscape—experience, sensation, memory, and place. Presenting groundbreaking research and bringing together a variety of perspectives on Mitchell’s art, life, and connections to poetry and music, this unprecedented volume will be an essential reference for Mitchell’s admirers and those just discovering her work.

Sarah Roberts is Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Katy Siegel is Senior Programming and Research Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University, New York.

Baltimore Museum of Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris