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Art Diary

Shirley Jaffe: An American Woman

14 April 2022

Shirley Jaffe left New York for Paris in 1949, taking a studio in the rue Saint-Victor in the 5th arrondissement which she would continue to work in until her death in 2016. The retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (20 April–29 August) arranges Jaffe’s works chronologically, taking in the artist’s early Abstract Expressionist works such as Sans titre (1957), before moving onto the large-scale canvases which became characteristic of her later paintings, demonstrated by the vast, geometric Malibu (1979) which is arranged across a single wall. The exhibition will also feature some of her latest works, including the joyful Networking (2007). Accompanied by a collection of personal studio notes made by Jaffe, the exhibition aims to examine the artist’s work with the aid of the previously unseen archival materials. Find out more on the Centre Pompidou’s website.

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San titre (1957), Shirley Jaffe. Collection of the Centre Pompidou

Hawley (2011), Shirley Jaffe. Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert

Malibu (1979), Shirley Jaffe. Courtesy Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris; photo: Adage, Paris

Networking (2007), Shirley Jaffe. Courtesy Estate of Shirley Jaffe and Galerie Nathalie Obadia; photo: Adagp, Paris