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A Life of Beauty: The Collection of John Cheim

Joan Mitchell


Auction Closed

November 16, 02:02 AM GMT


20,000,000 - 30,000,000 USD

Lot Details


A Life of Beauty: The Collection of John Cheim

Joan Mitchell

1925 - 1992


signed (right panel, lower right)

oil on canvas, in two parts 

overall: 110 ¼ by 157 ½ in. 280 by 400 cm.

Executed in 1990-91. 

Acquired as a gift from the artist in 1992 by the present owner 

John Russell, "Review/Art; Paintings That Liberate the Viewer's Imagination," The New York Times, 12 April 1991, p. C22

Michel Waldberg, Joan Mitchell, Paris, 1992, pp. 254-255, illustrated in color and p. 344

Klaus Kertess, "Joan Mitchell: The Last Decade," Art in America, No. 12, December 1992, p. 100

Klaus Kertess, Joan Mitchell, New York, 1997, pl. 109, pp. 160-161, illustrated in color

Klaus Kertess, "Her Passion Was Abstract but No Less Combustible," The New York Times, sec. AR, 16 June 2002, p. 38, illustrated 

Siri Hustvedt, "Remembering in Colour," Modern Painters, vol. 15, Fall 2002, pp. 80-81, illustrated in color

Richard Kalina, "Expressing the Abstract," Art in America, December 2002, pp. 96-97, illustrated in color

Hilton Kramer, "Memories of Mitchell," Art & Antiques, vol. 26, June 2003, p. 89, illustrated in color

Janet Kutner, "Daring Colors Illuminate a Fiery Abstractionist," Dallas Morning News, 28 September 2003, p. 9G

Klaus Kertess, Seen, Written, New York, 2011, pp. 140-141, illustrated in color

Patricia Albers, Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter, New York, 2011, n.p., illustrated in color (in the insert)

Justin Kamp, "The Art Market Is Finally Catching Up with Joan Mitchell's Genius," Artsy, 26 June 2020, illustrated in color (online)

Balasz Takac, "The Evolution of Joan Mitchell This Fall at SFMoMA," Widewalls, 24 April 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Susan Delson, "The Artist as Athlete," The Wall Street Journal, 20 August 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Alex Greenberger, "Joan Mitchell's Resplendent Paintings: How the Abstract Expressionist Resolved the Unresolvable," ARTnews, 1 September 2021, illustrated in color (online)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists on Artists: Stanley Whitney on Joan Mitchell's Fearless Career and the Drama of Painting, 3 September 2021, 3:33-5:45, illustrated in color (video) (online)

Tausif Noor, "Laying Down a Foundation for Greatness," The New York Times, 13 September 2021, p. C8 

Anita Katz, "Powerful abstracts by Joan Mitchell at SFMOMA," San Francisco Examiner, 13 September 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Michael McCarthy, "Artist Joan Mitchell's Groundbreaking Work Is Coming To SFMOMA," San Francisco Magazine, 16 September 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Sarah Cascone, "'We Wanted to Unmoor Her From the 1950s': A Joan Mitchell Retrospective at SFMOMA Shows the Artist as You've Never Seen Her Before," Artnet News, 20 September 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Bridget Quinn, "Joan Mitchell, a Brilliant Painter and Contrarian at Heart," Hyperallergic, 11 October 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Chadd Scott, "'Joan Mitchell' Is Everything At San Francisco Museum of Modern Art," Forbes, 31 October 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Jed Perl, " Colors in Conversation" The New York Review, 4 November 2021, illustrated in color (online)

Ariella Budick, "Joan Mitchell at Baltimore Museum of Art - an immersive symphony of colour," The Financial Times, 6 April 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Erik Verhagen, "Sur les traces de Joan Mitchell," Numero Art, October 2022–March 2023, pp. 52-53, illustrated in color

New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Joan Mitchell Recent Paintings, March - April 1991

Charleston, Gibbes Museum of Art, Painting, Self Evident Abstraction, May - June 1992, n.p., illustrated in color 

Valencia, IVAM Centre Julio Gonzclez, Joan Mitchell, September - December 1997, p. 85, illustrated in color and pp. 11, 13, 17, 19 

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Des Moines Art Center, The Paintings of Joan Mitchell, June 2002 - January 2004, pl. 57, pp. 192-93, illustrated in color and p. 44

New York, Cheim & Read, Joan Mitchell: Sunflowers, October - December 2008, n.p., illustrated in color

Kunsthaus Bregenz; and Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Joan Mitchell Retrospective: Her Life and Painting, July 2015 - February 2016, p. 131, illustrated in color

Arles, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Soleil Chaud, Soleil Tardif: Les Modernes Indomptes (Hot Sun, Late Sun: Modernism Untamed), April - October 2018, p. 71, illustrated in color (in installation), pp. 154-155, illustrated in color and p. 156, illustrated in color (detail)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; and Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Joan Mitchell, September 2021 - February 2023, pl. 123, pp. 272-273, illustrated in color and p. 309