New York

Joan Snyder

Hamilton Gallery

Joan Snyder’s collage paintings continue with concerns that have occupied her for some years, though, as of her current show, most contain literal images of one kind or another. These are either found objects—photographs or pieces of cloth, for instance—that Snyder imbeds in thick, heavy layers of paint, or words—slogans, commonly—that are painted into the corners of a picture. The complexity of Snyder’s collaging has increased in recent years to the point where some of the current works are comprised of hundreds of parts.

It is difficult to dissociate the quality of these works as paintings from the political statements they contain. The written passages which some of them include often describe violent acts against women, and it has been said that Snyder’s grotesquely overworked impasto amounts, metaphorically, to an agonized cry. This “cry” takes on specifically feminist meaning when

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