January 02, 2022 – Reblog / Review : “Oral history interview with #JoanMitchell, 1965 May 21” via the #Smithsonian Archives of American Art
No pictures in this reblog, or the article I’m re-blogging to!
Just words, but oh my goodness, what words – descriptive of, more than anything else, the person Joan Mitchell came across as, face to face, live, in person, in the mid-60s. I was but a teen then, but that time period still makes my eyes glow ☺️
This then, what I am reblogging about, is an oral – not written – interview, transcribed, between 2 ladies who it appears had known each other for quite awhile.
It’s relatively long, 19 typewritten dialog-style pages of nothing but interaction.
Superb. Like live theatre, but with less props lol! 😊
So here, with just two excerpts, I hope you’ll give this a quick look, and relatively quick read, though I often had to stop and think about what was being said, about the artist herself, and, what it meant to me today, cranking along, trying to understand myself with my own art….
Enjoy, excerpt from page 4 of 19 —
It’s so incredible, Joan’s recollections when she and others like de Kooning & Kline were, well, just painters. Amazing interview, amazing transcript.
Here’s one more sample excerpt, from page 13 of 19 —
There’s a level of self-reflection or recognition that seems to put a lot of truth into her words, Joan’s words. This is a keeper article, the Smithsonian’s, not mine, lol! There’s a reality I get each time I re-read it ☺️ It’s un-pretentious. It’s real. It’s live ❤️