Marvellous Miro…

25/04/2011

“Joan Miro was the most astonishing of twentieth-century artists. Andre Breton, the leader of the Surrealists, called him ‘the most surreal of us all’, acknowledging his unique and consistently inventive imagination.
Marko Daniel & Matthew Gale, curators.

Before visiting this fantastic show I was only loosely acquainted with Miro’s vast body of work, created over a 60 year period from the 1920’s. The Tate Modern show is huge… bringing together over 150 works, many of them quite large. I was taken as a guest to a private view and the space was pretty busy so I imagine that the public opening times will be absolutely heaving. Trust me, it will be well worth braving the crowds.

As an acquisitive sort, I was delighted to realise after seeing the show that the Christie’s (New York) Prints & Multiples sale (tomorrow, 26th April) contains 29 lots by Miro… ranging from the save-up-and-treat-yourself low estimate of $3,000 for a cracking signed lithograph from his Constellations series (below), to a fairly eye-watering high estimate of $150,000, for which the successful bidder will become the proud owner of 39 signed lithographs.

Is it too early to start my Christmas wish list…? Item one…

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape
Tate Modern
London SE1
http://www.tate.org.uk

Christies New York
http://www.christies.com

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