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Joan Mitchell

Retrospective (solo show)
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, April 2020
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, September 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 2021

Joan Mitchell. Bracket. 1989. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © Estate of Joan Mitchell. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel.
Joan Mitchell. Bracket. 1989. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © Estate of Joan Mitchell. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced that they are co-organizing a comprehensive Joan Mitchell retrospective. The exhibition will bring together an array of paintings, drawings, and prints from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. The exhibition is co-curated by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming & Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, and Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture. It will open in Baltimore in April 2020, travel to San Francisco in September 2020, and then move to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in February 2021.

Curators Katy Siegel and Sarah Roberts noted in the museums' announcement: "The exhibition and catalogue will be based on deep primary research and will present new scholarship on Mitchell's life and her extraordinary body of work. We also are convening emerging and established scholars, curators, conservators, writers, and artists to reconsider Mitchell's role in the postwar artistic interchange between the U.S. and France, and to study intensively her materials and process.”

Among the planned exhibition highlights are Mitchell's vibrant response to New York City, East Ninth Street (1956); the abstracted and lush French landscapes Mon Paysage (1967) and No Rain (1976); the grand three-panel painting Bracket (1989); plus a selection of her intensely declarative late paintings from 1991-92. The Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives will also lend a selection of the artist’s sketchbooks and archival photographs, animating both her process and her daily life.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation