Joan Mitchell, ‘No Rain,’ 1976; collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of the Estate of Joan Mitchell; © Estate of Joan Mitchell
SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Mitchell has long been hailed as a formidable creative force — a painter who attained critical acclaim and success in the male-dominated art circles of 1950s New York. She then spent nearly four decades in France creating distinctive, vibrant abstract paintings that draw on landscape, memory, poetry and music. With its world premiere at SFMOMA from September 4 through January 17, 2022, the eponymous exhibit Joan Mitchell is a comprehensive retrospective featuring approximately 80 distinguished works. In addition to rarely seen early paintings that established the artist’s career, the exhibition includes colorful large-scale multi-panel masterpieces from her later years.