February 9, 1986 |
Picasso never spoke Spanish, only Catalan. He liked to be called "Don Pablo" and preferred the company of his bullfight cronies to the Beautiful People who were his best customers. In 1971 a Madrid art critic was jailed for daring to call Picasso Spain's greatest living artist while, at the same time in Barcelona, plans were under way for a Picasso Museum. Joan Miro wintered in Paris, but spent his summers on the family homestead near Barcelona.
March 9, 2011 |
The Tate Modern Art Museum in London, which opened in 2000 in a onetime power station, will open a major exhibition of the work of Spanish artist Joan MirÃ?Â³, called the father of Abstract Expressionism, on April 14. The show, featuring more than 150 works, is one of the most extensive shows ever dedicated to this 20th century artist and the first in London in half a century. The exhibition, "The Ladder of Escape," features rarely seen pieces that signpost the stages of MirÃ?
July 6, 1987 |
With proper care and feeding, the reputation of an established artist can last a lifetime, even if his later works are pretty awful. The acid test for living icons such as Picasso, Calder, Moore and that Olympian lot comes after they die. Fame's buzzards sit hungrily on blasted branches of status waiting for that first big posthumous retrospective. Is the great man going to be immortalized or will the parching clay of time crack and fissure?
January 3, 1993 |
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
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August 23, 1990 |
On the surface, the thieves seemed sophisticated. They carefully targeted fine art prints created by mainstream contemporary and modern artists, whose pieces command thousands of dollars. Yet the artwork, taken from a number of upscale galleries around Los Angeles, often ended up folded or creased, visibly damaged in the process of being hidden inside clothing during the thefts.
October 13, 1991 |
Five Surrealist paintings by Paul Klee and Joan Miro have been given to the Art Institute of Chicago by the estate of a local artist and collector. Claire Ziesler, who died last month at the age of 88, was a major collector of Klee's work. She had decided in 1987 that the works would go to the institute upon her death.