charcoal and pastel on paper
framed: 17 5/8 x 13 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches
Joan Mitchell had an abiding interest in poetry and contemporary writing. This drawing belongs to a body of work in which she joined her pastel abstractions with typed poetry by writers James Shuyler and J.J. Mitchell. The composition is signed by both the artist and the writer. J.J. Mitchell, an active member of the East Village scene, was no relation to the painter. The two were likely introduced through their mutual friend Frank O’Hara, another author with whom Joan Mitchell collaborated.
American, 1926 - 1992
Ruth S. Schaffner Collection
Mitchell, Joan and American, 1926 - 1992, “MITCHELL, Joan,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 1, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/5004.