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Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape Paperback – 25 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing; 01 edition (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854379771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854379771
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Joan Miro, 1893-1883, and Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, responded to the political events in Spain in the 1930s in very different ways. Whereas the former, after returning from France in 1941, went into self-imposed internal exile on Mallorca, the latter chose exile in France. Their public attitudes to the Franco regime were also very different, Picasso publicly asserted his opposition in works such as "Guernica" whilst Miro was, in general, more nuanced not least because he was living under Franco's dictatorship. This exhibition, held in 2011-12 at Tate Modern, the Fundacion Joan Miro, Barcelona and the National Gallery of Art, Washington,sets out to examine the artist's shifting response to the politics of his time which embraced the Pimo de Rivera [1923-30] and Franco [1939-75] dictatorships and two World Wars.

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.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2012
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Celebrated, acclaimed and revered in many circles Joan Miro is surely one of the most recognizable modern artists. Born in Barcelona just before the turn of the last century he was the son of a goldsmith and watch maker. Even as a child he was drawn to art and took drawing lessons while still in primary school. Unfortunately, as a young man he fell ill with typhoid, but it was during his recovery period that he decided he wanted to be a painter. His first solo exhibition took place in 1918, and not too long thereafter his work burst upon the art scene.

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
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Bought this book as a research source for a paper. The timeline in the back was a huge help. This book was very easy to read and well organized
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