Blue Territory: A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell

Blue Territory A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell Blue Territory is a poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell the great American abstract expressionist painter A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning she is not as we

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  • Title: Blue Territory: A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell
  • Author: Robin Lippincott
  • ISBN: 9780984661787
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blue Territory is a poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell, the great American abstract expressionist painter A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, she is not as well known as her male counterparts because she was a woman and also because she spent most of her working life in France Still, in 2013, Bloomsburg Business listed Mitchell aBlue Territory is a poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell, the great American abstract expressionist painter A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, she is not as well known as her male counterparts because she was a woman and also because she spent most of her working life in France Still, in 2013, Bloomsburg Business listed Mitchell as the bestselling female artist of all time When asked to talk about her paintings, Joan Mitchell often responded, If I could say it in words, I d write a book Here is her book At once unique and universal, Blue Territory is at its core an exploration of love and life, and what it means to love and live what you do Meticulously researched and lyrically written, it will appeal to anyone interested in passionate engagement with the world The book eschews images so as to allow the words to form them, thereby freeing the reader to imagine the paintings, much as Mitchell would have to do before picking up her brush.

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    1. I literally devoured this novel, pulled in by every one of Robin Lippincott's poetic and piercing sentences. He calls it a meditation on artist Joan Mitchell and that it is an insightful, colorful, vivid painting of words that bring a life back to life. With poignant moments of imagination, Robin recreates a girlhood with precision followed by key scenes with Mitchell's creative circle of literary and artistic giants. It culminates into a fascinating, educating and emotional read.

    2. Beautiful hybrid--part history, part fiction, part essay. I read it in one sitting, immersing myself in the rich language and intriguing structure. Blue Territory made me think about the underpinnings of Mitchell's creativity, and by extension, how all artists' creative processes are shaped and colored by their life experiences.

    3. Contextual (a short and beautiful word filled with a confused mix of phonemes) historical fiction is a great way to describe Robin Lipincott’s “Blue Territory”. Robin’s writing stylistically mirrors the abstract expressionist, fashioning his work through poetic language, both elevated and guttural for desired effect. My admiration for Robin’s style has to be set aside, because my expository path with regard to his book takes two disparate paths. I will focus on the contextual historica [...]

    4. Put simply, I loved it but here's my "official review": Blue Territory immerses the reader in the journey of abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), from child figure skater to art student to impoverished expat in Paris to female painter in a male-dominated art world. And while all the ingredients of a strong biography are present—her formative years; her artistic influences; her methodologies; her friendships and lovers—Blue Territory is no mere biography. Blue Territory i [...]

    5. This beautiful poetic book imagines the life of Joan Mitchell joanmitchellfoundation/ Her beautiful painting, "Blue Territory," can be seen here joanmitchellfoundation/worLike all of Robin Lippincott's books, I felt an immediate connection with his poetic voice and beautiful imagery. Here is one of my favorite passages: "She sees a whole school of monarchs, hundreds of them, lighting a field of aster, their orange, black-veined wings shot through with sunlight - like stained-glass windows, vibra [...]

    6. I love art and frequent museums, and yet I had never heard of Joan Mitchell. Then I received this book as a gift. "Blue Territory" is a fascinating & quick look into Joan's life. I was so drawn into her story I googled her to look at the paintings Lippincott references throughout the book. While her painting style is not necessarily my cup of tea, it was interesting learning about her life & influences.

    7. Astonishing meditation It has been a long time since I have read something so wholly beautiful as Lippincott's meditation on Joan Mitchell. His thought and care with each sentence, each word, the decision often to say more with less--not more words, the right words!--is a soothing antidote to this noisy careless time we are living in. I'm grateful for this lovely book.

    8. A wondrous, fully-imagined glimpse into the life of the artist, Joan Mitchell. I've loved her art for many years and this new book by Lippincott made me appreciate even more the artist and her life's pursuit of creating and painting. A quick read that resonates long after the last page is turned.

    9. Eloquently written and beautifully put together book giving insights contemplating on Joan Mitchell's life and works. It was a true joy to read.

    10. 3.5 stars // This short book was inspired by the life and work of painter Joan Mitchell. Not biographical in the true sense, it often enters the realm of historical fiction. (To Lippincott's credit, references are cited at the end.) My favorite entries were "The Obstacle Race" and "Monarchs". It is worth noting that there are no photographs of Mitchell's work within these pages. I found The Paintings of Joan Mitchell to be a worthwhile companion in light of this.

    11. There are so many things I want to study and understand in this one, short life. I have mostly studied writing, but art, music, and dance have a hold on my imagination, as well, so I love to read about such things, even as I realize I'll never have the time or passion to pursue them.Abstract art is such an area. Sure, I've heard of the greats, and viewed some of their work in some of the great galleries around the world. But I confess, I've never been taken with it much, knowing there was depth [...]

    12. What an interesting approach to a biography. Almost like a film treatment that paints a picture of the artist. I cannot believe I've never heard of Joan Mitchell. Her work is simply wonderful, and it only reminds me of how many female artists are often written out of history when their male contemporaries rise to fame.

    13. A truly delicious, sparely written book, that I couldn't put down until I had finished it. Admired it muchly, and learned from it, for my own writing. Thank you Robin.

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