Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 414. Red Field   .

Joan Snyder

Red Field

Lot Closed

March 18, 04:12 PM GMT


30,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot Details


Joan Snyder

b. 1940

Red Field 

signed, titled and dated 1993 on the reverse

velvet, papier-mâché, oil and acrylic on canvas

63 by 72 in. (160 by 182.8 cm.)

Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York
Private Collection, Florida
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Roberta Smith, “Building on the Bare, Bare Bones,” The New York Times, 12 August 1994, online (text)

Hayden Herrera, Joan Snyder, New York, 2005, pp. 71- 72, illustrated in color

“Snyder enjoys playing with the notion that a glob of paint or a brushstroke can lie in indeterminate territory between abstraction and bio morphism. She heightens this effect by coating her paints with high gloss or texturing them by embedding them in the burlap she applies to the canvas. She also adheres dried stalks, seed pods, and expanses of dirt to heighten the tension between the natural materials and painted media in her work. In the end, all of their colors originate from the earth. And like the hieroglyphs, which we admire so much for their frequent onomatopoeic literalness, in that the sound they represent is the picture we see, Snyder also toys with the interstitial territory of where the nature stops, and the art begins.”

(William Corwin, “Joan Snyder: The Summer Becomes a Room”, The Brooklyn Rail, 17 October 2020)