Joan Snyder
American, born 1940
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Joan Snyder/Selected Prints 1975-2018,
Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art
2017
To The Point,
Edward Thorp Gallery
Works on Paper: 1960's - 80's,
Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art

Joan Snyder has been called an autobiographical, even confessional artist, who draws from her experiences and surroundings to create her paintings. While her subjects vary widely, Snyder has developed a signature style in her work over the past 40 years, characterized by gestural, patchy brushwork and vivid color combinations. She has also mixed unconventional materials into her paint, including silk, burlap, seeds, twigs, dirt, and glitter. In spite of studying Minimalism with Robert Morris, Snyder found herself tending towards expressionism, saying: “I wanted my paintings to have more content, not less. I wanted to be a maximalist, not a minimalist.” She was more inspired by the Russian and German Expressionists; in fact, Aleksej von Jawlensky’s portraits were instrumental in convincing Snyder to pursue her painting career. Snyder was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.