*1940 Highland Park, New Jersey – lives in Brooklyn und Woodstock, NY
Born April 16, 1940 in Highland Park, NJ, Joan Snyder received her AB from Douglass College in 1962 and her MFA from Rutgers University in 1966. Snyder has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974.
We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Joan Snyder at Galerie Haas Zurich. Since the late 1960s, the American artist (*1940) has been exploring the possibilities of abstract painting, inspiring generations of emerging artists with her transformative approach. Incorporating her strong belief in the idea of a “female sensibility,” Snyder developed a very unique formal language challenging the male-dominated art world early on.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with a comprehensive essay by Norman L. Kleeblatt, former Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, as well as an insightful interview between Joan Snyder and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London.
“Transformative feminist acts underpinned by a transpositional process between artistic genres, place Snyder as a conductor of painterly form. She fills her canvases with emotional codes and notes, tones and gestures, harmonies, and cacophonies. Freely associative in both meaning and materials, her paintings and their component elements are enigmatic in effect.”