"See what a life the gods have given us set round with pain and pleasure it is too strange for sorrow it is too strange for joy." is a quote from Henry David Thoreau
Joan Snyder (1940, American)
Height: 24 in (60.96 cm)
Width: 36 in (91.44 cm)
Joan Snyder (born April 16, 1940) is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (1974).
Snyder first gained public attention in the early 1970s with her gestural and elegant "stroke paintings," which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late seventies, Snyder had abandoned the formality of the grid. She began more explicitly incorporating symbols and text, as the paintings took on a more complex materiality. These early works were included in the 1973 and 1981 Whitney Biennials and the 1975 Corcoran Biennial.
"The functions of Ms. Snyder's art, first and foremost, are to further the tradition of painting and to explore the most serious aspects of the human condition; to connect us not only to one another and to nature but to ancient rites and myths. She reminds us that no matter how modern and civilized we are, art can still be raw, primitive and talismanic. Without apologies or decorum, Ms. Snyder's work awakens all of the things still wild within us." – Lance Esplund, Wall Street Journal.
Often referred to as an autobiographical or confessional artist, Snyder's paintings are narratives of both personal and communal experiences. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting, inspiring generations of emerging artists.
Snyder currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY. She is represented by Canada in New York, NY, Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, NY, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock, NY, and Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art in New York, NY.
Snyder's work can be found in many public collections including:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, NY
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KA
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ