Joan Mitchell (1926-1992) was one of the most significant painters associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement that marked American art at mid-century. Emerging in the 1950s as a strong voice in a movement with few female proponents, Mitchell made an impact with her gestural paintings inspired by the natural world.
This exhibition presents nearly 40 of Mitchell's works, ranging from abstract paintings and drawings of the 1950s and 1960s to large-scale lithographs, multipaneled canvases, and pastels made late in her life. Though her paintings were abstract meditations on light, color, rhythm, and space, Mitchell devoted her artistic life to the subject of landscape, choosing sunflowers, trees, and wild grasses along a riverbank as favorite themes. Within these rigorously abstract notations on paper and canvas, it is possible to observe her stylistic shift from frenzied marks of the 1950s to her distilled colors and bold strokes of the early 1990s.
Join a Walker tour guide for a public tour of the exhibition.