Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937
New York, Museum of Modern Art

The key decade of 1927 to 1937 is put under the lens in this ambitiously tactical exhibition of works by the rebellious Spanish painter Joan Miró. Highly productive and as broad-based as he was startling, the painter did not take the road of understatement when looking to espouse and communicate an idea or stance. Fittingly, twelve bold series from that era poke and prod at what the artist proclaimed was an attempt to "assassinate painting." Paintings, collages and drawings show the angry, provocative side of this creative resistant, whose wild and vibrant use of form, shape, and color pushed the boundaries of the known and sought out unexpected, sometimes clashing expressions of the pictorial, with grotesque imagery, varied materials (some ready-made), and the use of collage. Impressive, too, about this exhibition is its scope and the depth it is able to take in exposing the different expressions of the attack on traditional art launched by Miró. In the end, it gets right to the very heart of what painting meant to the artist – no small feat, and food for much thought.

November 2, 2008, through January 12, 2009
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