Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape Paperback – 25 Mar 2011
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An illustrated retrospective survey focuses on Miro's politically engaged art. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This informative catalogue contains 160 works, from 1917-1974, presented within a series of complementary essays, `Introduction: Free and Violent Things', by Marko Daniel and Matthew Gale; `Miro's Commitment', Robert S. Lugar; `An International Catalan: 1918-25', Daniel and Gale; `Miro's Catalan Peasants', Christian Green; `The Tipping Point: 1934-39', Daniel Gale; `A Profound and Poetic Reality', Teresa Montaner; `Le Facheur (The Reaper) at the Spanish Republican Pavilion, Paris Exposition Internale, 1937'; `From the Constellations to `The Barcelona Series'', Gale; `Forms of Commitment or Commitment without Form: The Other Miro', Joan M. Minguet Ballori; `Project for a Monument: Miro's Sculpture', Greenberg; `The Civic Responsibility of the Artist', Maria Luisa Lax; `Miro Otro at the Colegio Oficial de Arquiteros de Cataluna y Baleares, Barcelona', 1969; `From Miro Otro to the Burnt Canvases', William Jeffett, and `Joan Miro; The Triptychs', Daniel.Read more ›
He met Picasso in 1920 when he went to Paris, where he held a solo exhibit in 1921. Ernest Hemingway bought one of his paintings. His artistic interests expanded to include lithographs, collages, etchings and engravings. Upon returning to Spain his pieces evidenced Surrealism. In the 1950s he focused on public works, most famously the ceramic Wall of the Moon and Wall of the Sun.
While many books are devoted to Miro "Joan Miro The Ladder of Escape" is a standout as it sheds light on Miro's work which reflects the unsettled times in which he lived as well as his politically engaged art. He was every bit as committed to his beliefs as Picasso. "From the rural, anarchist, and Catalan themes of early paintings such as Head of a Catalan peasant to The Hope of a Condemned Man triptych by which he publicly declared his opposition to Franco, Miro's commitment to freedom of expression underpinned his art throughout his career."
Reflecting recent scholarship as well as essays by international authorities this richly illustrated volume is a major contribution to the archives surrounding one of our greatest artists.
- Gail Cooke