Catalog produced by Susan Sheehan Gallery for a retrospective exhibition.
March–April. The first retrospective exhibition of her graphic work, “Joan Mitchell: Prints and Illustrated Books—A Retrospective,” is held at the Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York; fifty-four works completed between 1959 to 1992 are exhibited, including silkscreens, lithographs, and etchings, as well as illustrated books and pastels made in collaboration with poets.
April 6. A memorial for the artist is held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Invitation to "Hommage à Joan Mitchell".
April 12. The Joan Mitchell Foundation is established in New York.
April 14. "Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter", a documentary film completed in 1992 by Marion Cajori, is released by Christian Blackwood Productions, Inc., and shown at Film Forum, New York.
June 23. The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain sponsor the program “Hommage à Joan Mitchell” at the Château de la Fondation Cartier in Jouy-en-Josas, France; it includes musical selections performed by Jean Mouillère and Gisèle Barreau, as well as a screening of the documentary film by Marion Cajori.
"Grande Carriéres", 1961-62, part of a bequest MoMA.
June–September. First retrospective exhibition in Europe, “Joan Mitchell: Les Dernières Années, 1983–1992,” is held at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, accompanied by a monograph with an essay by Robert Storr and interview of Mitchell by Yves Michaud. Simultaneously, “Joan Mitchell: Oeuvres de 1951 à I982,” is held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France.
November. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, announces the bequest by the artist of four paintings—Grande Carriéres (1961–62); Untitled (1964); No Rain (1976); and Wood, Wind, No Tuba (1980)— through the Estate of Joan Mitchell.
Monograph produced by IVAM Centre Julio Gonzales for a retrospective exhibition.
September. First retrospective exhibition in Spain is held at IVAM Centre Julio Gonzales in Valencia.