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Joan Mitchell


Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore , MD


Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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This comprehensive retrospective will explore the full arc of Joan Mitchell’s artistic practice, from her exceptional New York paintings in the early 1950s to the majestic, large-scale multipanel works made in France later in her career. Co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition features rarely shown paintings and works on paper from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe that reveal the artist’s inner landscape—experience, sensation, and memory—expressed with an intense, athletic grace. The exhibition moves through focused suites of work, following Mitchell’s cyclical way of working, in which subjects and gestures appear and resurface, years later. A selection of projects created with and for writers like Frank O’Hara and Jacques Dupin will underscore the role of poetry in her life and work, as well as her relationships with music and the artists of the nineteenth century. Additionally, the exhibition will feature transitional works that unfold her process and emphasize the role of Mitchell’s exquisite small paintings, pastels, and other works on paper.

An accompanying catalogue will provide a sweeping scholarly account of the artist’s career, stressing its transnational nature and the important role that her life in France played in the evolution of her work.

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Image: Joan Mitchell. Sunflowers. 1990-1991. Private Collection. © Estate of Joan Mitchell