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Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870707345
  • ASIN: B009WH5JYE
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,956,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the catalogue for an exhibition held at Moma in NYC based on the artist's famous 1927 statement that he wanted to "assassinate" painting, thereby meaning that he wanted to initiate a revolt against the traditional ways of making "pretty" paintings. The means he chose to express that revolt were to use new materials in his works, such as "bark, textile, fiber, assemblages of objects...". This corresponded to a very defined timespan in his career, the ten years between 1927 and 1937. The aim of this book is to show and explain the results of this endeavour, twelve series of works, each based on a particular theme, technique or material used by Miro (paintings on unprimed canvas, Spanish dancers, Dutch interiors, collages, constructions and objects,paintings on masonite, etc).

After two introductory essays explaining Miro's attitude towards his art and the different materials he used during those ten crucial years, the book presents the twelve series in a chronological order.

This is a very high-quality publication with short but enlightening essays and beautiful illustrations of famous or seldom-seen works and many close-ups of details which give a good idea of the texture of the works.

Highly recommended.
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For admirers of Miró this book fills a gap, covering a somewhat obscure decade of his oeuvre, 1927-37. As a book, the production is extraordinary, with the fine illustrations permitting one virtually to have the same experience as the exhibition (which I have seen). The scholarship is also impressive. However, about half the objects shown, especially the collages and drawings, are unremittingly bleak. To be sure, cheerfulness breaks in from time to time, but not enough. The authors attempt to explain the bleakness by Miró's supposed ambition to "assassinate painting" (derived from a dubious attribution of a critic of the time). What would that mean: to assassinate painting? If the artist had truly assassinated painting he would have had to give it up - to practice the same renunciation that Rimbaud had famously done with poetry. In reality, what we see here is the attempt of an artist to find new paths in the face of such discouragements as the Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War. Eventually, with the wonderful Constellations series of 1940-41, he succeeded in breaking the impasse. Only occasionally, however, did he do so in this period. Alas, much of this output, faithfully recorded in this book, is dross.
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The child in our selves
Wonderful item; thanks for speed of delivery. Helpful in the work I am imagining next. The life of the spirit before all the porn of civilization.
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Nicely produced book, good colour reproductions throughout and texts provide a look at Miro from his anti-painting approach, which I did not realise before this.
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By cat on February 6, 2011
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This is a comprehensive catalog of the MoMA show in NYC a few yrs. ago. Truly, a must-have for those lovers of abstract and surrealistic art.
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