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Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

 Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter (film still)

Marion Cajori, Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter (film still), 1993. 58 min., colour, sound.

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Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter

Wednesday March 28

This powerful and intimate documentary of Joan Mitchell blends interviews with the fascinating and complex artist with images of her art.

Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1925 and died in Paris in 1992. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mitchell settled in New York City in 1950. She was an active participant of New York's dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene and hung out with fellow painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston and, soon, poets Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler and John Ashbery. In the mid-fifties, she moved to Paris, France. There she was part of a circle of friends that included Pierre Matisse, Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti. Mitchell is one of the great abstract painters of the 20th century. This elegantly edited documentary weaves interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics while letting her stunning pictures dominate the film.

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