Boston

Joan Snyder

Nielsen Gallery

“New ideas—more feminist imagery has to come back and flowers and fields could be incorporated into it but also with a very sensual sexual imagery. The Female has to begin enveloping the world.” The words, from a 2002 notebook belonging to Joan Snyder, are reproduced in a monograph accompanying the veteran expressionist’s 2005 retrospective at the Jewish Museum. They reflect a renewed commitment to issues and attitudes with which Snyder has long been associated, allegiances that also found their way into an ambitious recent exhibition of eighteen new paintings and works on paper—augmented by a selection of drawings from the 1990s—at Nielsen Gallery.

Two Rivers, 2005, the heroically scaled and heavily laden painting from which the show borrowed its title, features two black-on-brown areas of tarlike paint that flow diagonally through a field of blue and black orbs and pale bleeding strokes

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