Joan Thorne

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It Happened In SoHo,
Paintings from Late 1960s through the 80s


June 13 - July 21, 2023

Opening reception: Saturday, June 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Chelsea, New York at 508 W 26 ST, Suite 9F

David Richard Gallery, LLC
508 West 26th Street, Suite 311 | New York, NY 10001
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Retrospective Museum Exhibition
Light, Layers, Insight
Extended to January 3, 2021
Museum now OPEN

Joan Thorne: Private Studio Visit

Virtual Tour of Retrospective

Barry Art Museum
1075 West 43rd Street
Norfolk, Virginia, 23529
Hours: (Monday Closed)
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm
Phone: 757 6836200
Free to the Public
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(Notice in Art in America)
Press Release
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Click here to read the New Criterion Critic's Choice on Joan Thorne's Retrospective by James Panero

Interview with Joan Thorne by the Museum

Artist Lecture Video

Interview with Dr. Vittorio (Vic) Colaizzi in Barry Bytes E-newsletter


Conversation with Artist Joan Thorne

To view this Recent Conversation on YouTube Featured in American Painting: The Eighties Revisited please click on: Joan Thorne will be talking with Guest Curator Kate Bonansinga about her art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Invitational Exhibition of the Visual Arts
The American Academy of Arts and Letters
March 5 - April 5, 2020

633 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032
(Enter on Audubon Terrace between 155 and 156 Streets on the west side of Broadway and walk to the end of the terrace.)

Phone: 212-368-5900
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 1:00-4:00pm

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

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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)