Miro

Miro

by Jacques Dupin
     
 

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Impressive in size (10x13.25") and heft, and unmatched in scope and depth, this abundantly illustrated volume is published in conjunction with an exhibition scheduled for spring 2004 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (and subsequently for the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Dupin, one of the artist's friends and…  See more details below

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Impressive in size (10x13.25") and heft, and unmatched in scope and depth, this abundantly illustrated volume is published in conjunction with an exhibition scheduled for spring 2004 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (and subsequently for the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Dupin, one of the artist's friends and collaborators, began in 1957, at Miró's request, to prepare an in-depth study of his work. His personal and scholarly engagement with the artist has informed the numerous Miró exhibitions he has organized; and this authoritative volume delves into every aspect of the prolific, versatile artist's oeuvre, which includes painting of many types, sculpture, ceramics, monumental art, graphic work, and poetry. The 1993 edition was published in both French (Editions Flammarion) and English (Harry N. Abrams); the 2004 also has two versions, but Flammarion has done both, and the US distributor is Rizzoli. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this superb critical-biographical study marking the centenary of Miro's birth, French art critic Dupin, who was a friend of the Catalan painter, peers behind the ``elaborately cultivated delirium'' of his playfully exuberant canvases to find pessimism, mystery, anxiety and foreboding. Miro's meticulously detailed ``enchanted realism'' (1918-1920) scarcely foretold his sudden plunge into the realm of fantasy. Surreal, automatist dreamscapes gave way to the ``savage paintings'' of 1934-1938, full of monsters, tortured flesh and screams, which prefigured humanity's descent into bestiality. His pure, pullulating Constellations series, made in a tiny Normandy village just before the outbreak of WW II, is a refuge from a world gone mad. Miro's fertile imagination constantly renewed itself over the next four decades as he explored a vast repertory of forms and signs. This substantial revision and enlargement of a 1962 monograph includes valuable new chapters on Miro's sculpture, ceramics, prints, tapestries, murals and poetry. (Apr.)
Library Journal
A rather wooden translation from the original French, this extensive survey of Mir's work is laid out biographically. Dupin, who was associated with the artist for three decades as an assistant, exhibition organizer, and cataloger, brings firsthand knowledge to the story of the artist's life. Nevertheless, a work like the recent Carol Lanchner's Joan Mir (see review below) offers a better value in its treatment of the art, despite the limits imposed by the catalog format (for instance, there is no index). There is surprisingly little overlap in illustration between the two, but when there is, Lanchner's volume is better. However, librarians should keep in mind that Lanchner's work is aimed at an informed readership, while Dupin's will appeal to a broader audience.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810936324
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/24/1994
Pages:
480

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This definitive monograph, written by Miró’s close friend and contemporary, offers personal insight into the life and work of the artist. Rigorously academic, Dupin’s analysis goes much further than a traditional study of the artist’s work: he recounts Miró’s artistic exploration, from sculpture, through graphic work, to costume design. Dupin’s privileged relationship with the Miró family allowed him exclusive access to invaluable information about the artist as well as many documents, such as various projects, sketch pads, and correspondence that were only discovered after Miró’s death. Extensive notes are included at the back of the volume as well as a condensed chronology and a list of Miró’s exhibitions and catalogs.

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