Joan Thorne
Joan Thorne at Freddy Gallery Oct 7th - Oct 29th
-- view the main press release
-- view photos from the exhibition

Khajuraho Sun 59" x 50"

"Ms. Thorne's new, exuberantly brushy, fruit- and candy-colored canvases fit right in with the permissive pluralism of painting today."
"Optically captivating, the work conveys a state of visceral and cosmic ecstasy. "
--Ken Johnson, New York Times Review, November 26, 2010

"The sheer quantity of color and energy could be exhausting, but never boring in such expansive canvases."
"Viewers couldn't help feeling overpowered by the movement inherent in piecing together the drama of the images."
--Ali Pechman, ArtNews Review, January 2014

"Abstract painter Joan Thorne consistently takes the risk of embracing pure expression."
"Her bright palette and sharp boundaries are musical, with large grounding masses and radiating waves swirling above them, like sound made visible in an aquarium."
"On the whole, Thorne's colors seem to produce their own light, and each layer is independent."
"This center area holds the four, distinct layers that epitomize the strongest appeal of these works: depth without illusionism."
-- Douglas Manson, Art In America, Review, April 2011

"Since 1973, while myriad styles, movements and mediums have flourished briefly in turn, Joan Thorne has steadfastly developed one visual language-that of painterly surface, light, color and distilled form-which she finds best suited for her artistic project: intimating dreams. intuitions and the psychic consequences of travel. "
"For there is something luxuriant and mysterious in Thorne's compositions. They have a classic modernist genealogy that encompasses Dove, O'Keeffe, Hartley, Avery and Tobey; yet each carries a hint of exoticism, "
--Richard Vine, Art In America, Review, June 1998



Video Interview at the Sideshow Gallery from CUNY BMCC


Artnews Review (PDF)
for Joan's exhibition at the
Sideshow Gallery in New York City, 2013

New Criterion Review (PDF)
for Joan's exhibition at
Sideshow Gallery in New York City, 2013

Art in America Review (PDF)
for Joan's exhibition at
Sideshow Gallery in New York City, 2011

New York Times Review [NYT Site] [PDF]
for Joan's exhibition at the
Sideshow Gallery in New York City,
Nov 19th - Dec 20th, 2010.

Current Catalog (1.1 Mb PDF)
Previous Catalog (2.0 Mb PDF)