san-francisco

Joan Snyder

Michael Walls Gallery

The exhibition of Joan Snyder’s paintings at the Michael Walls Gallery gives San Franciscans their first opportunity on the West Coast to see some recent paintings seen and written about in the East (“The Anatomy of a Stroke: Recent paintings by Joan Snyder” by Marcia Tucker, Artforum, May 1971). Many of these paintings have never before been exhibited. Seeing the actual paintings rather than just reproductions reveals a large amount of powdered brass in the paint, as well as copper, bronze, etc.; photographs revealed that factor to a degree, but the metallic paint was apparently from an aerosol can. There are any number of different consistencies and qualities of metallic paint: sprayed, brushed, fat impastos and thin runny mixtures, oil, and lacquer as well as acrylic. The artist has gridded her paintings with pencil lines, but, from the appearance, with no particular measuring, just

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