tag archives: sfmoma

 


 

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.

howard street entrance | san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

matisse/diebenkorn, an art exhibition at the san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) from 11 march-29 may 2017, juxtaposes 40 works by french artist henri matisse (1869-1954) with 60 works by american artist richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) to suggest subjective, stylistic, chromatic, and technical connections between the two artists.

henri matisse (1869-1954) | goldfish and palette | oil on canvas | 1914

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

photo credit (c) 2017 succession h. matisse / artists rights society (ARS), new york via the museum of modern art

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | urbana #6 | oil on canvas | 1953

modern art museum of fort worth | fort worth, TX

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via the modern art museum of fort worth

henri matisse (1869-1954) | view of notre dame | oil on canvas | 1914

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

photo credit (c) 2017 succession h. matisse / artists rights society (ARS), new york via the museum of modern art

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #94 | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1976

cantor arts center at stanford university | palo alto, CA

photo credit (c) 2016 richard diebenkorn foundation via the getty museum

henri matisse (1869-1954) | a pink nude seated | oil on canvas | 1935

centre pompidou | paris, france

photo credit (c) succession h. matisse via henri-matisse.net

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park # 27 | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1970

brooklyn museum | brooklyn, NY

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via the brooklyn museum

admiration?  inspiration?  or, emulation?

sometimes you almost miss something that’s happening in your own back yard…

 mark di suvero at crissy field,

an installation of eight sculptures,

presented by the san francisco museum of modern art (SFMOMA)

in partnership with the u.s. national park service

and the golden gate national parks conservancy 

from 22 may 2013-26 may 2014

 mark di suvero | will | steel | 1994 | doris and donald fisher collection

the golden gate bridge in the background

mark di suvero | are years what? (for marianne moore) | painted steel | 1967 | hirshhorn museum and sculpture gallery, smithsonian institution, washington DC

alcatraz island in the background

mark di suvero | dreamcatcher | steel | 2005-2012 | collection of the artist

the golden gate bridge in the background

mark di suvero | old buddy (for rosko) | painted steel | 1993-1995 | collection of the artist

the golden gate bridge and belvedere island in the background

mark di suvero | mother peace | painted steel | 1969-1970 | storm king art center, mountainville, NY

belvedere island and angel island in the background

mark di suvero | magma | steel | 2008-2012 | collection of the artist

the golden gate bridge in the background

mark di suvero | huru | steel | 1984-1985 | collection of carol mckegney

the golden gate bridge in the background

mark di suvero | figolu | painted steel with steel buoys | 2005-2011 | collection of the artist

the golden gate bridge in the background

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

can you think of a better juxtaposition with the golden gate bridge?

if only this were a permanent installation…

over memorial day weekend, we saw the steins collect | matisse, picasso, and the parisian avant-garde, an art exhibit at the san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma).  followed by midnight in paris, the new woody allen film.  (a rare occurrence for my husband, bob, who prefers live entertainment.)

surprisingly, the film and the art exhibit are related.

midnight in paris

midnight in paris | written and directed by woody allen | 2011

the steins collect:  matisse, picasso, and the parisian avant-garde

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA | may 21-september 6, 2011

grand palais | paris, france | october 3, 2011-january 20, 2012

metropolitan museum of art | new york, NY | february 21-june 3, 2012

photo credits imdb and sfmoma

the steins collect reunites approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and illustrated books collected by writer gertrude stein (1874-1946) and her family in paris during the early 20th century.  the steins became important patrons of avant-garde artists, particularly pablo picasso (1881-1973) and henri matisse (1869-1954).  the steins were known for their saturday evening salons, where artists, writers, musicians, intellectuals, and collectors gathered to discuss contemporary art, culture, and ideas.  the stein salons have even been described as ‘the first museum of modern art’!

midnight in paris transports you to the stein salons in paris during the 1920’s.  in one scene, gertrude stein (played by kathy bates), is seated in the salon of her residence at 27 rue des fleures in front of the picasso portrait of gertrude stein from the exhibition.

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man ray | gertrude stein in her salon writing | black and white photograph | 1920

beinecke library | yale university | new haven, CT

photo by beinecke library | yale university

pablo picasso | gertrude stein | oil on canvas | 1905-1906

metropolitan museum of art | new york, NY

photo credit metmuseum.org

gertrude stein|kathy bates|the art of film

gertrude stein (played by kathy bates) | midnight in paris

photo credit sonyclassics

stein and picasso (played by argentinian actor, marical di fonzo bo) are discussing a (faux) portrait of picasso’s (fictional) mistress, adriana (played by marion cotillard).

stein picasso

picasso painting

faux picasso

gertrude stein (played by kathy bates) and pablo picasso (played by marical di fonzo bo) | midnight in paris

pablo picasso (played by marical di fonzo bo) with a (faux) portrait of his (fictional) mistress | midnight in paris

(faux) picasso portrait | midnight in paris

photo credits sonyclassics, sonyclassics and maupes

in another scene, stein and matisse (played by french actor, yves-antoine spoto) are negotiating the purchase of a painting.  for 500 francs!

henri matisse | woman with a hat | oil on canvas | 1905

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit ben blackwell

the midnight in paris cast of characters also includes gertrude stein’s brother, leo stein (1872-1947), her partner, alice b. toklas (1877-1967) (who answers the front door), and other avant-garde artists, writers, or musicians who could have frequented the stein salons in paris during the 1920’s.

cameo appearances include:

artist salvatore dali (played by adrien brody)

photographer man ray (played by tom cordier)

writer ernest hemingway (played by corey stoll)

writer f. scott fitzgerald and zelda fitzgerald (played by tom hiddleston and alison pill)

writer t.s. eliott (played by david lowe)

filmmaker luis bunuel (played by adrien de van)

and, musician cole porter (played by yves heck)

the chronology isn’t always art historically accurate.  but, midnight in paris is a woody allen film, so being in the right place, doing the right thing, at the wrong time just becomes part of the fantasy.

maybe you will enjoy this unexpected combination of art and entertainment as much as we did!