tag archives: joan mitchell

i recently returned from the most extraordinary trip to new york.  the primary purpose was to help a client select some artwork for their residential interior design project.

exceedingly successful.  and, exceptionally inspiring.

i spent most of the time that i wasn’t working gallery and museum hopping.  joan mitchell, john chamberlain, and sol lewitt in chelsea.  sean scully on the upper east side.  the breathtaking zao wou-ki abstract expressionist painting exhibition at asia society.  and at the whitney, the brilliant carmen herrera modernist painting exhibition.

i hope that you enjoy scrolling through the following posts as much as carmen herrera is enjoying having her first retrospective museum exhibition at the age of 101!

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joan mitchell:  drawing into painting

cheim & read | new york, NY

27 october-23 december 2016

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photo credits cheim & read

unfortunately, my trip to new york preceded the opening of joan mitchell:  drawing into painting.  fortunately, one of the gallery directors at cheim & read kindly presented a preview of available pastel on paper drawings for my client’s consideration.  which one do you prefer?

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joan mitchell ( 1925-1992) | untitled | pastel on paper | circa 1980-1990

photo credit cheim & read

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joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | pastel on paper | 1991

photo credit cheim & read

when my husband, bob, and i lived in london, we really enjoyed attending the auction previews at christie’s, sotheby’s, and bonham’s in st. james’s and mayfair.  so this week, i felt like i was living in london again.  including the difficulty parking in the jackson square neighborhood of san francisco, near hedge gallery.

christie’s previewed their may 2015 new york post-war and contemporary art auctions at hedge.

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san francisco exhibition of post-war and contemporary art

16-22 april 2015 | san francisco, CA

alexander calder and gerhard richter.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled (demi cone) | painted sheet metal and wire | 1972

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 513 | estimate US$1,200,000-US$1,800,000

alexander calder (1898-1976) | six white dots and yellow on black and red | painted sheet metal and wire | 1964

christie’s post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 415 | estimate US$550,000-US$750,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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gerhard richter | abstraktes bild | oil on canvas | 1986

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 200 | estimate US$1,500,000-US$2,000,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

robert motherwell.

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robert motherwell (1915-1991) | the blakan lute | acrylic, ink and paper collage on canvas | 1974-1975

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 568 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

joan mitchell.

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joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | 1974

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 571 | estimate US$600,000-US$800,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

another gerhard richter.

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gerhard richter | abstraktes bild | oil on canvas | 1989

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 202 | estimate US$2,000,000-US$3,000,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

but, i thought that a sculpture made from found aluminum and copper wire was the most unusual work in the exhibition.

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el anatsui | plot a plan I | found aluminum and copper wire | 2007

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 210 | estimate US$700,000-US$900,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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christie’s | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | sale 3740 | new york, NY | 13 may 2015

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | sale 3741 | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | sale 3741 | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

photo credits christie’s, christie’s, and christie’s

if you live in london, you might read time out magazine for the restaurant and theater reviews, or the schedule of events.  so, when my husband, bob, and i arrived in london recently, i borrowed a copy of time out from clive, the concierge at the capital hotel, to make sure that we weren’t missing any interesting events.

joan mitchell is one of my favorite artists.  and, i would absolutely love to own one of her pastel drawings.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | pastel | pastel on paper | 1991

cheim & read | new york. NY

photo credit cheim & read

so, i was excited to discover that hauser & wirth gallery was presenting joan mitchell the last paintings from 3 february-28 april 2012.  mitchell’s late abstract expressionist paintings use intense gestures and intense colors that express her intense feelings for the countryside near her home in vetheuil, france.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | river | oil on canvas | 1989

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sunflowers | oil on canvas | 1990-1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | trees | oil on canvas | 1990-1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

her last paintings are pure abstractions that use color, line, compositon, scale, and form spontaneously and freely.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | 1992

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | tondo | oil on canvas | 1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | tondo | oil on canvas | 1991

joan mitchell the last paintings | 3 feb-28 apr 2012 | hauser & wirth | london, united kingdom

photo credit hauser & wirth

does the round format of the tondos remind you of damien hirst?

damien hirst | beautiful strummerville spin, the future is unwritten painting | household gloss on canvas | 2012

sold for GBP 445,250 | US$ 699,087

contemporary art evening auction | 15 february 2012 | sotheby’s, bond street | sale l12020 lot 34

photo credit sotheby’s