Last week “Mir� and the Object,” curated by William Jeffett, opened at the Fundaci� Joan Mir� in Barcelona. The role of the object has never been fully considered in Mir�’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 Mir�’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. Mir� famously declared that he wanted to assassinate painting, which was a radically different approach than Picasso ever contemplated.
[Image at top: Joan Mir�, Painting-Object, 1950. Private collection � Successi� Mir�, 2015]
Joan Mir�, Object, 1931, oil, insulator, screw, burnt wood, sand and clockwork elements on wood, 27 x 13.5 x 6.8 cm. Private collection, Paris � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�, Object, 1931, Oil, nails, bone and little bell on wood, 30 x 22 x 7.6 cm, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles � Successi� Mir�, 2015.
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection � Successi� Mir�, 2015
“Mir� and the Object,” Curated by William Jeffett. Fundaci� Joan Mir�, Barcelona, Spain. October 29 through January 17, 2016.
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