Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting

ISBN: 9780870707346
Artist(s): Joan Miro
Author(s): Anne Umland, Jim Coddington
Format: hardback
Year published: 2008
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Publisher Location: New York
Total Pages: 256
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout


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Taking Joan Miró’s notorious declaration of 1927 I want to assassinate painting as its point of departure, this richly illustrated volume is the first to focus on Miró the anti-painter. Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 19271937 surveys the various material, iconographical and rhetorical forms of Miró’s attacks on painting by presenting, in chronological sequence, twelve distinct series of works, beginning with a remarkable group of paintings on unprimed canvas and concluding with Miró’s return to realism in Still Life with Old Shoe. Acidic colour, grotesque disfigurement, stylistic heterogeneity, and the use of resistant, ready-made materials are among the key tactics of aggression that are explored in this extraordinary presentation of the interrelated and oppositional series of paintings, collages, objects and drawings Miró produced during this crucial decade of his long career. This volume integrates close scrutiny of Mirós materials and processes with historical and iconographic analysis, leading to an expanded understanding of the underappreciated aggressiveness of an artist long regarded as Surrealisms most lyrical painter-poet.


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