Updated: Oct 18
Miro Inspired Sculptures
This is an updated post from two weeks ago to include the sculptures from Abernethy and Tabor classes which were completed today.
Last week we began our 40,000-year journey in Spain, with Cave painting symbols and went around the world looking at other Ancient Cultures, arriving full circle back in Spain to connect the dots with the colorful and playful art of Spanish artist Joan Miro. He was born in Barcelona in 1893, and his work was greatly influenced by living by the sea and the distinctive Catalan style. While living in Paris, in 1928 he exhibited with Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and other Surrealist artists. He combined Surrealism with his own signature style to become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Miro had an enormous influence on many other great artists including Picasso, Dali, and Calder. He was considered very Modern, but his work contained universal symbols that can be traced back to Cave Paintings and Petroglyphs. He created an astounding body of work, including 2,000 oil paintings, 500 sculptures, numerous public mural projects and he was one of the most prolific creators of original lithographs and etchings. Miro is one of the most widely collected and exhibited artists, and in 1976 The Joan Miro Foundation of Contemporary Arts opened in Barcelona. He was also named Doctor Honoris by the University of Barcelona for his contribution to the Arts and Culture.
We often talk about inspiration and where it comes from, nature, other artists, or cultures. This past week we looked at the art of Miro and Calder and their relation to each other and the previous lesson of ancient cultures and symbols. Both artists used primary colors and geometric shapes, lines and some of the universal symbols that are found in Petroglyphs, Cave art, Aboriginal art and Hieroglyphics. The class was inspired by their work to create their own interpretations of mixed media drawings and sculptures, using the same colors, symbols and geometric shapes Miro used in his works.