Joan Mitchell

Edited and with chapter essays by Sarah Roberts and Katy Siegel

Foreword by Neal Benezra; thematic essays by Éric de Chassey, Richard Shiff, and Jenni Quilter; artistic and literary responses by Paul Auster, Gisèle Barreau, Jennifer Hickey and David Reed, and Eileen Myles, and additional texts by Tracey Bashkoff, Meredith George Van Dyke, Mara Hoberman, David Max Horowitz, Erin Kimmel, Rachel Mochon, Amy Rahn, Marin Sarvé-Tarr, Cecilia Wichmann, and Karli Wurzelbacher

384 pages, 10 x 11 ½ inches, hardcover

Published in 2021

Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) was fearless in her experimentation, creating works of unparalleled beauty, strength, and emotional intensity. This gorgeous book unfolds the story of an artistic master of the highest order, revealing the ways she expanded abstract painting and illuminating the transatlantic contexts that shaped her. Lavish illustrations cover the full arc of her artistic practice, from her exceptional New York paintings of the early 1950s to the majestic multipanel compositions she made in France later in her career. Signature works are represented here along with rarely seen paintings, works on paper, artist’s sketchbooks, and photographs of Mitchell’s life, social circle, and surroundings.

Featuring scholarly texts, in-depth essays, and artistic and literary responses, this book is organized in ten chronological chapters. Each chapter centers on a closely related suite of paintings, illuminating a shifting inner landscape colored by experience, sensation, memory, and a deep sense of place. Presenting groundbreaking research and a variety of perspectives on her art, life, and connections to poetry and music, this unprecedented volume is an essential reference for Mitchell’s admirers and those just discovering her work.

Published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, on the occasion of the exhibition Joan Mitchell, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (September 4, 2021–January 17, 2022), the Baltimore Museum of Art (March 6–August 14, 2022), and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (Fall 2022)

ISBN 9780300247275 (hardcover)