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Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter1993

  • 4.0
A powerful and intimate portrait, JOAN MITCHELL: PORTRAIT OF AN ABSTRACT PAINTER captures Mitchell's independent spirit and testifies eloquently to Mitchell's art. One of the great abstract painters of the twentieth century, Mitchell was an active participant of New York's dynamic Abstract Expressionist scene and hung out with fellow painters Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, as well as poets Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler and John Ashbery. In the mid-fifties, she moved to Paris, where she was part of a circle of friends that included Pierre Matisse, Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti. This elegantly edited documentary weaves together interviews with the acerbic Mitchell and other leading painters and critics, while letting her stunning pictures dominate the film.

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Member Reviews (2)

top reviewer

A beautiful and fitting tribute to a pioneer woman and her abstract art. Love the Charlie Parker and Mi;es Davis insertions. The Parker"Don't Blame Me" section was touching as some early life and photos flashed by.

top reviewer

i love her work_think she's wonderful _great to see_Brice Marden also