Joan Mitchell (1925–1992): La Grande Vallée 0 (1983)
Mark and I both believe that the art you grow up with, the images that catch your attention when you first seriously look at art, are the ones that stay with you. They are your first, your true loves.
For us, that's the Abstract Expressionists. And for me in particular, it's Motherwell's "Elegy No. 34." The Gorky, Pollock, Rothko and Motherwell are all from Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the gallery where I grew up — my first loves and still treasured friends. And as a result, I know that arranging these paintings salon style, the way they appear on the page of stamps, is impossible in real life. These babies are huge: The Pollock is about 8' x 13' while the Motherwell is a good 6 and 1/2' x 8'.
But that's just quibbling. I am thrilled to see this wonderful group of artists and paintings get the attention they deserve.