Joan Snyder is one of a generation of painters who revived the most expressive parts of Abstract Expressionism to the shock and awe of a world after Minimalism. Since the late 1960s, the New Jersey-born Snyder’s paintings have made their way through any number of New York galleries and been shown in a solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum (2005) and the huge Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution that traveled North America last year. In 2007 she was made a MacArthur Fellow and continues to work in Brooklyn and Woodstock. Her paintings are positioned in the discourse of Postmodernism and the circular argument of “post-post” we are treading presently. Her vocabulary of strokes, blossoms and chunky blocks is the tamest element of the paintings. Plant matter, paper pulp and who-knows-what have been collaged onto most of the surfaces.
Joan Snyder: Selected Paintings 1999-2007 is on display at the Carl Solway Gallery Monday-Saturday through April 18. Get information on the current exhibits at the gallery here.