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Joan Snyder, Untitled, 1970, crayon, watercolor, and graphite on paper, 11 x 20".

Joan Snyder

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Joan Snyder, Untitled, 1970, crayon, watercolor, and graphite on paper, 11 x 20".

An artist’s work can change a lot over the course of his or her career, but the best artists always remain themselves. I hadn’t realized just how much this is true of Joan Snyder until I saw this selection of thirty-three works, “Symphony: Early Works on Paper, Recent Paintings.” The continuity between past and present is most evident when one compares Snyder’s new paintings to her early drawings—much more so than when the comparison is made with her early paintings. That’s not to say her early paintings are irrelevant to her present concerns, but there is a difference. As the very title of Lines and Strokes, 1969, suggests—it’s the only early canvas included here—the artist was then taking her cues from formalism and Minimal painting. With its sometimes brushed, sometimes sprayed horizontals, this painting might bring to mind aspects of the work of any number of

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