Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Alan & Joan

Did anybody notice, in all the hubbub around Alan Greenspan's new book, that his connection to Ayn Rand was through the painter Joan Mitchell, whom he married for 10 months in the early 1950's? His biographies often mention her, and Rand, but Mitchell's online bios make no mention of him. Even the Times article linked above doesn't mention her by name, even though you can figure this out using Wikipedia and Google. Why the asymmetry? I mean, we just saw four huge Mitchell canvases hanging in the MoMA lobby the other day, so it's not like she's a big secret. I know -- nothing to do with physics -- but this is the wildest thing I've heard in a while.

3 comments:

vfp15@hotmail.com said...

I think it's a different artist named Joan Mitchell. Alan Greenspan's ex-wife is Canadian from Winnipeg, Manitoba while the artist with works hanging at MoMA is from Illinois.

Vincent Poirier

Warren Linn said...

Joan Mitchell, born Chicago 1921 or is it 1926?, is perhaps the best and most extraordinary "second generation Abstract Expressionist Woman Artist" and I put all that in quotes for some reasons.

Suffice it to say, any serious Painter alive during the second half of the 20th Century recognizes a towering Genius in Mitchell"s utilization of Color, Gesture, and a taught yet expansive pictorial Space as sublime as DeKooning's.

Warren Linn

Anonymous said...

oops, with spelling correx...

Joan Mitchell, born Chicago 1921 or is it 1926?, is perhaps the best and most extraordinary "second generation Abstract Expressionist Woman Artist" and I put all that in quotes for some reasons.

Suffice it to say, any serious Painter alive during the second half of the 20th Century recognizes a towering Genius in Mitchell"s utilization of Color, Gesture, and a taut yet expansive pictorial Space as sublime as DeKooning's.

Warren Linn