Joan Thorne's Musical Paintings

Joan Thorne, Anada, 2013, oil on canvas, 59 x 50 inches (courtesy of the artist)
Joan Thorne, Anada, 2013, oil on canvas, 59 x 50 inches (courtesy of the artist)

James Panero reviews an exhibition of recent paintings by Joan Thorne at Sideshow Gallery, on view through November 10, 2013.

Panero writes: "One of abstract painting’s earliest interests was the depiction of sound... Joan Thorne explores this legacy with a finely tuned suite of work.Like the recent sculptures of Frank Stella, which visualized Scarlatti, Thorne’s abstractions have an ear for form and color. Her paintings are composed of jagged percussions, swirling strings, and radiating winds."