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Joan Miró: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars

Joan Miró: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars

Works from 1924 to 1936

By (author) Eric Robertson

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  • This publication analyses the work of world-renowned Catalan artist Joan Miró (1893–1983). Focusing on his highly innovative work of the 1920s and 1930s, it examines his close contacts with the Surrealists and the role of poetry in fostering his experimentation in this period
  • By focusing on his early development, offers a fresh entry point to the pictorial world of one of the most important artists of the 20th century
  • Preface by Jean-Louis Prat, a friend of Miró's and curator of his retrospective at the Grand Palais, Paris (2018-19)
  • Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Luxembourg + Co. in their new space in New York's Fuller Building, where Miró had his first American exhibition in 1932
  • Explores the links between new motifs in Miró's work and that of contemporaries in Paris such as Georges Bataille, René Magritte, André Breton and Jean (Hans) Arp
  • Features a letter written by Miró himself in 1924, reflecting on his own work at the start of this experimental decade
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Joan Miró: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars explores the early work of Joan Miró (1893–1983) from the 1920s and 1930s, a period when the artist formed the core visual lexicon that would come to occupy him throughout his entire career. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name at Luxembourg + Co., New York, the book follows a new proposition outlined by Professor Eric Robertson, who suggests that the key to Miró’s work from these years begins with his fascination with ground – both as a subject connected to his Catalan roots and as a technical interest in constructing the background of his pictorial universe using monochromatic, uneven surfaces. It is from the ground, explains Robertson, that the formal language developed by Miró during these years emerges as a unique symbolic vocabulary, incorporating a host of biomorphic forms such as body shapes, eyes, feet and male and female genitalia, as well as signs like stars, flowers, grids, letters and numbers. This book offers readers a fresh entry point to the pictorial world of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

About the Author

Eric Robertson is Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses primarily on 20th-Century French literature, especially poetry, and the visual arts, with particular emphasis on European Modernism. He has published widely on the European avant-gardes, including Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor (2006), winner of the R. Gapper Book Prize.

Specifications
Publisher
Ridinghouse
ISBN
9781909932777
Published
22nd Sep 2022
Binding
Hardback
Territory
World excluding USA & Canada
Size
240 mm x 183 mm
Pages
96 Pages
Illustrations
48 color, 1 b&w
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