Wright: Art + Design (January 2019) - Rago/Wright
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Sheet measures: 37 h x 30 w inches.

This work is number 139 from the edition of 144 printed by Brand X, New York and published by Lincoln Center, New York.

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Signed and numbered to lower margin 'Joan Thorne 139/144'.

Since the 1970s, Joan Thorne has dedicated herself to pure painterly abstraction, playing with form and color in exuberant paintings and works on paper. She came of age in downtown Manhattan during the 1960s and ’70s, carrying the banner of abstraction and action painting forward against the rise of conceptualism, and she was a participant in the 1981 Whitney Biennial and the last iteration of the Whitney Annual. The critic Ken Johnson wrote of her work, “Optically captivating, the work conveys a state of visceral and cosmic ecstasy.” Thorne’s paintings reveal a keen, if unconventional, use of color and understanding of scale, employing moderately sized canvases as the grounds for broad, energetic brushstrokes that spiral and sprawl across bold fields of colors.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Abstract Expressionist Works: Editions, Works on Paper and PaintingsAlpha 137 Gallery
New York and No Place Else: Art that Celebrates New York CityAlpha 137 Gallery
The Female EmperorAlpha 137 Gallery
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Community Holiday Festival, c. 1995

Screenprint on paper
42 × 34 in
106.7 × 86.4 cm
Edition 139/144
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RW
Rago/Wright

Sheet measures: 37 h x 30 w inches.

This work is number 139 from the edition of 144 printed by …

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered to lower margin 'Joan Thorne 139/144'.

Since the 1970s, Joan Thorne has dedicated herself to pure painterly abstraction, playing with form and color in exuberant paintings and works on paper. She came of age in downtown Manhattan during the 1960s and ’70s, carrying the banner of abstraction and action painting forward against the rise of conceptualism, and she was a participant in the 1981 Whitney Biennial and the last iteration of the Whitney Annual. The critic Ken Johnson wrote of her work, “Optically captivating, the work conveys a state of visceral and cosmic ecstasy.” Thorne’s paintings reveal a keen, if unconventional, use of color and understanding of scale, employing moderately sized canvases as the grounds for broad, energetic brushstrokes that spiral and sprawl across bold fields of colors.

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