Brenda Richardson

  • Joan Mitchell, Clearing, 1973, oil on canvas, triptych, 9' 2 1/4“ x 19' 8”.

    Joan Mitchell

    Joan Mitchell dismissed her works on paper—even painting-scale pastels of four-foot dimensions—as “lady paintings.” Keeping faith with her subject, Jane Livingston, the guest curator of the Whitney’s Mitchell exhibition, created a retrospective exclusively composed of works in oil on canvas. The survey features fifty-nine paintings, of which thirty-eight are big and another fifteen are very big. There are only six small, easel-scale works, which is too bad because at least two or three of these are as good as anything else in the show.

    Casual visitors to the Mitchell exhibition were overheard