Mitchell Paints a Picture

Irving Sandler

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Mitchell Paints a Picture

Irving Sandler


This was the first monographic article about Mitchell in a major art publication, and remains one of the most perceptive. In 1957, Sandler visited Mitchell in her New York studio on St. Mark's Place as she was working on two paintings: Bridge and George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold.




ARTnews vol. 56

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I paint from a distance. I decide what I am going to do from a distance. The freedom in my work is quite controlled. I don't close my eyes and hope for the best. If I can get into the act of painting, and be free in the act, then I want to know what my brush is doing.”

Joan Mitchell

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