Last week “Miró and the Object,” curated by William Jeffett, opened at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The role of the object has never been fully considered in Miró’s work, and in light of the success of the Picasso sculpture show at MoMA, I thought readers might like to take a look at Miró’s early exploration in three dimensions. In his paintings, he was always interested in depicting isolated, abstracted objects, and beginning in the 1920s, he began incorporating actual objects in his collage and assemblage pieces. Miró famously declared that he wanted to assassinate painting, which was a radically different approach than Picasso ever contemplated.
[Image at top: Joan Miró, Painting-Object, 1950. Private collection © Successió Miró, 2015]
Joan Miró, Object, 1931, oil, insulator, screw, burnt wood, sand and clockwork elements on wood, 27 x 13.5 x 6.8 cm. Private collection, Paris © Successió Miró, 2015
Joan Miró, Object, 1931, Oil, nails, bone and little bell on wood, 30 x 22 x 7.6 cm, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles © Successió Miró, 2015.
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection © Successió Miró, 2015
“Miró and the Object,” Curated by William Jeffett. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain. October 29 through January 17, 2016.
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