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Joan Snyder

Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Joan Snyder’s works on paper are remarkable for their range of imagery and gesture, especially in her treatment of abstract words as concrete gestures, so that they seem to lose their textual meaning and express a personal truth, a feeling ultimately unavailable in language. Indeed, in work after work, one senses her attempt to free herself from constraints as the title Free to Explore Every Corner of Your Imagination, 1990, suggests. Her emotional as well as technical range stretches from Oh Marie, 1984, a picture murky and explosive with suffering, to Large Yellow Cross No. 2, 1989, a clear, self-contained abstract work in which Snyder seems to reach, however tentatively, a state of serenity. In other words, she ranges, stylistically, from the primitive and childlike to the conceptual and formal.

Art and the Nature of Grief, 1992, is emblematic of the basic purpose of the works on paper:

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