April 16, 1940 |
Highland Park, New Jersey
|Education||Douglass Residential College|
Joan Snyder (born April 16, 1940) is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her paintings have been exhibited at several museums, including the de Saisset Museum and the Jewish Museum.
Joan Snyder's "stroke paintings" from the late 1960s and early 1970s were "abstract compositions, many of them quite large, that are loosely based on a grid format and that together constitute a dissection of the language of painting." The 1980s and 1990s saw a refinement of her earlier vocabulary as "[...] brighter feminine colors and the grid returned. Written phrases, natural materials, and fabrics such as burlap and silks also appeared." 
Her paintings have been described by the Boston Globe as "abstract", "intuitive and spontaneous", and "pointedly political". She also paints with a colorful style, using floral effects which are branded with paint sprinkled with a range of materials, such as jewel-like metal objects.
Exhibitions in museums
In 1978, Joan Snyder's paintings were exhibited in the Neuberger Museum at the State University of New York at Purchase. Snyder's work has been featured at a number of museums. From June to August 1989, Joan Snyder Collects Joan Snyder, a collection of Snyder's favorite paintings, was featured at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. From September to October 1989, this collection was exhibited at Sonoma State University. In 2005, Joan Snyder: A Painting Survey, a retrospective collection of Snyder's paintings was exhibited at Danforth Art in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Honors and fellowships
Joan Snyder received a MacArthur Fellowship, which is often referred to as the "genius award", in 2007. She has received several other honors for her paintings including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983.
Joan Snyder was born in 1940 in Highland Park, New Jersey. In 1962, she received her BA from Douglass Residential College, which is part of Rutgers University. In 1966, she received her MFA from Douglass.
In 1969, she married Larry Fink. Snyder had a miscarriage, but later gave birth to a daughter named Molly in 1979. Snyder and Fink lived in a farm in Pennsylvania before getting divorced later.
In 1980, Snyder moved to Mulberry Street in Manhattan where she raised her daughter and painted in a nearby studio. She later became afflicted with Lyme Disease. In 1989, she moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn so that she could be with her new partner, who is a New York City Civil Court judge.
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- Interview with Phong Bui
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