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January 12, 2005

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Mark Dunnam

I feel defensive about Joan Mitchell because I am such a fan of hers. Every artist derives inspiration from other artists and builds on those before. Joan Mitchell does, as well. In her early work one can appreciate Gorky. Rothko's influence can be seen in her "field" paintings. Kline and De Kooning are there as well. Beginning with her "Grand Valle" series or a little before, she forges an original style unique to her, in my opinion. Her later work expresses the sublimnity of Zen caligraphy. Joan Mitchell was one of the greatest artists that ever lived. I will not allow anyone to dismiss her or give her faint praise. She was a master. And that's as good as it gets. No one is like her when it's all told. I was a bit disappointed in the Whitney retrospective: it seemed to concentrate on early works and not nearly enough of later works which show her unique spirit. Joan Mitchell was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Mark Dunnam

JL

Did you mean this comment for the previous post?

I will not allow anyone to dismiss her or give her faint praise.

I like a bunch of Mitchell's work as well, though it seems to me you're maybe overvaluing it a bit. Anyway, I'm not sure how that's going to work for you, but good luck.

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