Joan Snyder

Rosebuds and Rivers

One of the pre-eminent American artists of her generation, Joan Snyder (b. 1940, New Jersey) made her breakthrough in the late 1960s with her ‘stroke’ paintings – a body of abstractions developed from her experiments regarding the anatomy of a painting.

She painted paint strokes and other dissected parts – gestures, drips and marks – and laid them over pencilled grids, using the structures as a basis from which to compose narratives.

‘At the time my idea was to study the anatomy of a stroke, isolating them and using them much like creating a symphony or a piece of music’ — Joan Snyder

This publication features an essay by art critic Rhonda Lierbemann and an artist interview with Mary Schneider Enriquez, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Harvard Art Museums.

It also contains photo plates of the works in the exhibition including, Proserpina, The River Becomes a Room and Fragments Of A Soul.

Published on the occasion of the artist’s first UK solo exhibition, Rosebuds and Rivers at Blain|Southern, London (4 April – 11 May 2019).

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