Museum Exhibitions

Objecthood: Joan Mir�’s painted sculptures

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�, Untitled, 1929, Cont� pencil and collage on paper, 102 x 68 cm. 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.

Joan Mir�, Femme, 1946, Woman Sculpture-Object. Bone, grindstone, iron and oil on potter’s clay, 51.7 x 23.3 x 19.7 cm. Fundaci� Joan Mir�, Barcelona � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�, Josep Llorens Artigas, Large figure, 1956, Earthenware. 107 x 48 x 44 cm. Fondation Marguerite et Aim� Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�, The ironing board, 1953, Oil on wood, 157 x 30 x 3 cm. Isabelle Maeght Collection, Paris � Photo Galerie Maeght, Par�s � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�, Josep Llorens Artigas, Object, 1956, Earthenware. 79 x 42 x 47 cm. Jules Maeght Collection, San Francisco � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�, T�te, 1946-49, Head, Granite, 24 x 30 x 23 cm
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection � Successi� Mir�, 2015
Joan Mir�,  Projet pour un monument, 1954, Project for a monument, Iron, leather, gouache and grease pencil on cement, 39.8 x 18.3 x 17.8 cm. Fundaci� Joan Mir�, Barcelona � 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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