tag archives: drawing

 


 

every picture tells a story.

yet, abstract art can also be narrative.

through abstract art, joan mitchell told the story of her feelings, memories, or experiences.  stories of places, or people that she loved.  stories inspired by the arts.  stories inspired by nature.

probably the most exceptional art exhibition to take place in san francisco in years, the joan mitchell retrospective at the san francisco museum of art (sfmoma) lets the pictures tell the stories.

 

joan mitchell

san francisco museum of modern art | san francisco, ca

4 september 2021-17 january 2022

baltimore museum of art | baltimore, md

6 march 2022-14 august 2022

fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

fall 2022

joan mitchell exhibition catalog | by sarah roberts and katy siegel

photo credit sfmoma

 

new york

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | hudson river day line | oil on canvas | 1955

mcnay art museum | san antonio, tx

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | evenings on 73rd street | oil on canvas | 1957

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

commuting between new york and paris

 

“i wanted to be sure to reach you;

though my ship was on the way it got caught in some moorings.

i am always tying up and then deciding to depart.” 

to the harbormaster, a poem by mitchell’s friend, frank o’hara (1926-1966), 1957

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | to the harbormaster | oil on canvas | 1957

ars art lp

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

moving from the city (paris) to the country (vétheuil)

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | my landscape II | oil on canvas | 1967

smithsonian american art museum | washington, dc

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sold for hkd 65,261,000 (over usd 8,000,000)

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | circa 1967

sotheby’s | hong kong | 9 october 2021 | sale hk1141 | lot 1114

photo credit sotheby’s

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | russian easter | oil on canvas | 1967

private collection | liechtenstein

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

mitchell alternated between either acknowledging or denying the influence of impressionist painter, claude monet (1840-1926), who lived in vétheuil from 1878-1881.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sans neige | oil on canvas | 1969

carnegie museum of art | pittsburgh, pa

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

monet painted over 100 scènes de neige (snow scenes).

claude monet (1840-1926) | frost near vétheuil | oil on canvas | 1880

musee d’orsay | paris, france

photo credit art-monet.com

 

friends

feelings, memories, experiences…

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | salut tom | oil on canvas | 1979

national gallery of art | washington, dc

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

poetry

someone else’s feelings, memories, or experiences.

 

‘…c’est la peau du dehors qui se retourne et nous absorbe…’

(…the skin of the exterior turns inside out and absorbs us…)

la ligne de la rupture, a poem by mitchell’s friend, jacques dupin (1927-2012), 1971

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | la ligne de la rupture | oil on canvas | 1970-1971

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

top:  joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sorbes de la nuit d’été | pastel and ink on paper | 1975

a poem by mitchell’s friend, jacques dupin (1927-2012)

private collection

bottom:  joan mitchell (1925-1992) | blue | pastel and ink on paper | circa 1975

a poem by j j mitchell, a friend who joan mitchell met through frank o’hara (1926-1966)

the museum of modern art | new york, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

‘we shall have everything we want and there’ll be no more dying

on the pretty plains of in the supper clubs…

ode to joy, a poem by mitchell’s friend, frank o’hara (1926-1966), 1958

 joan mitchell (1925-1992) | ode to joy (a poem by frank o’hara) | oil on canvas | circa 1970-1971

university at buffalo art galleries | buffalo, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

nature

rejuvenation and plentitude

 joan mitchell (1925-1992) | no rain | oil on canvas | circa 1976

the museum of modern art | new york, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

mitchell acknowledged the influences of impressionist painters, vincent van gogh (1853-1890) and paul cezanne (1839-1906), who first made an impression upon her during childhood visits to the art institute of chicago.

 vincent van gogh (1853-1890) | rain | oil on canvas | 1889

philadelphia museum of art | philadelphia, pa

photo credit philadelphia museum of art

 

 paul cezanne (1839-1906) | mont sainte-victoire seen from the bibémus quarry | oil on canvas | 1895-1899

baltimore museum of art (bma) | baltimore, md

photo credit bma

 

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

fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

anderson collection at stanford university, california | palo alto, ca

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

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

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sunlowers

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

komal shah and gaurav garg collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sunflower IV | oil on canvas | 1969

williams college museum of art | williamstown, ma

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | also returned | oil on canvas | 1969

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

i have also returned (three times) to visit and revisit the the joan mitchell retrospective.

 

*cy twombly: coronation of sesostris

8 march-28 april 2018

gagosian | 980 madison avenue | new york, NY

 

the mythological one day rise and fall of ancient egyptian warrior, conqueror, and pharaoh , sesostris.

drawn, painted, and written in 10 parts.

cy twombly: coronation of sesostris

installation view | gagosian | 980 madison avenue | new york, NY

photo credit rob mckeever via gagosian

 

the rising sun [an ideogram for sesostris]

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 1 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the wheeled chariot of sesotris [an ideogram for military conquest]

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 2 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the epigraph:

‘eros, weaver [of myth],

eros, sweet and bitter,

eros bringer of pain.’ 

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 3 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the shining sun after rising high into the sky

 

cy twombly (1928-2011)  | coronation of sesostris | panel 4 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the arrival of the solar barque [sun barge or sun boat] of sesostris

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 5 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

an interpretation of the poem ‘when the gods depart’

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 6 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the sun boat burns and disintegrates

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 7 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the sun boat dissolves into its reflection, and sinks into the sea [an allusion to j.w.m. turner (1775-1851)]

‘they (the gods) are leaving,

glorious but unheeded,

as the mortal body sinks into oblivion,

scarcely registering their passing. 

nunc est bibendum: 

sorrows are drowned,

the boat is a drunken boat.’ [barely legible]

 

cy twombly (1928-2011)  | coronation of sesostris | panel 8 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the burnt wreckage of the sun boat

‘leaving paphos ringed with waves’

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 9 | 2000 | Acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

the epigraph, repeated:

‘leaving kypros the lovely

and paphos ringed with waves.’ [illegible]

 ‘eros, weaver of myth,

eros sweet and bitter,

eros bringer of pain.’

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | coronation of sesostris | panel 10 | 2000 | acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas

collection of françois pinault | palazzo grassi | venice, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via tate

 

*exhibited concurrently with cy twombly: in beauty it is finished at gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY.

click here to read my post about cy twombly: in beauty it is finished.

click here to read a tate museum research publication about coronation of sesostris.

art exhibitions, like the cy twombly exhibition of 94 drawings and works on paper at gagosian gallery in new york, can be more momentous than blockbuster museum exhibitions.

 

*cy twombly:  in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

8 march-25 april 2018

gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY


i walked through the exhibition three times.  and then, after i left, i decided to return to look at my favorite drawings again…

one wall, featuring five early, atypically polychromatic, crayon, gouache, and pencil drawings.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit artwork: © cy twombly foundation | screenshot: video by pushpin films via gagosian quarterly

 

originally, there were six drawings.  twombly gifted four of the six drawings to his friend, abstract artist robert rauschenberg (1925-2008).  then, rauschenberg adhered one of the drawings to one of his combines.

robert rauschenberg (1925-2008) | rhebus | 1955 | oil, synthetic polymer paint, pencil, crayon, pastel, cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, and fabric on canvas mounted and stapled to fabric, in three panels

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 robert rauschenberg foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via cy twombly foundation

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1954 | gouache, wax crayon, and colored pencil on paper

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2018 cy twombly foundation via moma

 

the five drawings reminded me of pastel drawings by abstract expressionist artist joan mitchell (1925-1992).

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

sold for US$98,500 | christie’s new york | post war and contemporary morning session | 11 november 2010 | sale 2356 | lot 235

photo credit christie’s

 

one gallery was filled with calligraphy drawings.  not only calligraphic, but also epigraphic.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit rob mckeever via gagosian

 

including, one work in 30 parts.  and, 4 drawings from a private collection.

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1970 | oil, wax crayon, and pencil on paper, in 30 parts

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit artwork: © cy twombly foundation | screenshot: video by pushpin films via gagosian quarterly

 

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1970 | oil and wax crayon on paper

private collection

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

another gallery was filled with blackboard drawings.

cy twombly: in beauty it is finished : drawings 1951-2008

installation view | gagosian | 522 west 21st street | new york, NY

photo credit rob mckeever via gagosian

 

layer upon layer of lines, marks, and erasures.  made with crayon, pencil, or pen over oil on paper.

cy twombly (1928-2011) | untitled | 1969 | oil and wax crayon on paper

cy twombly foundation | new york, NY, rome, italy & gaeta, italy

photo credit (c) cy twombly foundation via gagosian

 

‘his work is based not upon concept (the trace)

but rather upon an activity (tracing).’

-french philoopher, roland barthes (1915-1980), who wrote about the work of cy twombly

 

*exhibited concurrently with cy twombly: coronation of sesostris at gagosian | 980 madison avenue | new york, NY.

click here to read my post about cy twombly: coronation of sesostris.

 

elliott pukette: new work

19 april-9 june 2018

paul kasmin gallery | 297 10th avenue | new york, NY

 

elliott pukette: new work

installation view | paul kasmin gallery | 297 10th avenue | new york, NY

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

part painting, part drawing, part writing.

part gesture, part construction, part process.

elliott pukette | a love letter | gesso, kaolin, and ink on dibond | 2018

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

elliott pukette | wallum | gesso, kaolin, and ink on board | 2018

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

elliott pukette | torusflex | gesso, kaolin, and ink on board | 2018

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

transfers, doodles, sgraffito, erasures.

all over patterns.

background washes.

influenced by paul klee (1879-1940).

 

i wonder if cy twombly (1928-2011) also influenced elliott pukette?