This exhibition presents works on paper produced by the American painter and printmaker Joan Mitchell during the final stage of her career.
Born in Chicago, Mitchell emerged in the early 1950s as a leading figure in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. The artist spent much of her life in France, settling permanently in Vétheuil, near Paris, in 1968, and remained dedicated to Abstract Expressionism throughout her career.
Drawn from the Kenneth Tyler Collection, the prints on display highlight Mitchell’s exploration of colour, shape and space, and consider how these elements contributed to her art. Inspired by the natural world, Mitchell’s work references flowers, trees, water and sky.
Curator: Anja Loughhead with the assistance of David Greenhalgh
Joan Mitchell: Worlds of colour is the first exhibition in Australia to explore the work of this North American artist, surveying the series of prints that she created at Tyler Graphics in 1981 and 1992. Born in Chicago, Mitchell emerged in the early 1950s as a leading figure in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. From 1955 she lived and worked between the United States of America and France, settling permanently in Vétheuil, near Paris, in 1968. This publication explores Mitchell’s dedication to abstraction and how she translated her approach to painting through printmaking techniques.
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2021 148 pages 235 x 190 mm Full Colour | Hardback RRP A$39.95 ISBN 978 0 642 33492 3
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