Miro at MoMA

On view through January 12, 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art is Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-1937. The productive decade’s work includes works from 12 different series’, and different they are, from themselves and everything else. There are, of course, the pared down Miros which open the show and consist of exposed, unprimed, bare canvases with minimalist blobs of paint. There are also the highly colorful and iconic Miro images derived Dutch interiors and done in 1928-29. Less obvious Miro series’ from this time period include the large, colorless collages and the large paintings on white grounds from 1929. My favorite pieces in the exhibit, perhaps because they were unexpected, are the Drawing Collages (1933-34) which incorporate popular postcards, illustrations and drawings into the works as well as the the small, colorful paintings on copper and masonite (1956-36). It is amazing to see 12 such different series’ encompass just one decade.