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Joan Mitchell Foundation Heads to David Zwirner

Joan Mitchell, George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold, 1957.


In the increasingly fierce battle among top-tier art dealers to work with the estates of top-tier artists, David Zwirner has just notched a victory. The gallery, which currently has spaces in New York, London, and Hong Kong, announced today that it now represents the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which works to support the legacy of the great Abstract Expressionist painter, who died in 1992 at the age of 67.

A show of Mitchell’s work is being planned for next year in New York at Zwirner, which will be the exclusive representative for the foundation worldwide.

“The gallery is proud to be entrusted to help with the extraordinary legacy of Joan Mitchell, one of the most important and original American painters to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century,” Zwirner said in a statement. “Mitchell forged her own unique path, in life and in art, and her groundbreaking work remains unparalleled and relevant today.”

The Mitchell Foundation had previously worked with Cheim & Read in New York, which has presented seven shows of Mitchell’s work over the past two decades.

Other estates and foundations that work with Zwirner include those of Ad Reinhardt, Josef and Anni Albers, Felix Gonzalez-Torres (which came aboard with dealer Andrea Rosen), Donald Judd, and Dan Flavin.

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