A week or so back Lev and I popped into the Tate Modern to view the massive Joan Miró retrospective, the first in England for about 50 years. Very pleasant it was too. These days I find myself tending to lean towards art that depicts a certain period or place but I still have a massive soft spot for work of this kind. Especially seeing it all together in one place in a cohesive fashion. You can only glean so much from Taschen and Library books, seeing it for yourself makes even the most abstract works understandable. Miró’s work in particular tickles the most basic human instincts of colour and shape, tinged with political anger and Catalonian idealism.
My favourite piece his Blue triptych (Even bought myself a cute mini version!). Three massive canvases painted in the most gorgeous of blues with carefully placed black spots and slashes of red. Wonderfully immersive. As was the ‘Barcelona Series’ a set of 50 lithographs spread across the wall. Not the greatest work as individual pieces, doodles really, but displayed along the wall like they were made them very impactful.
It runs until September and I highly recommend visiting. Now where’s my Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition!