Art: Spanish Accent

March 21, 2014

Brangien Davis


Remembered for his declared intent to assassinate established painting methods, and recognized by the playful, primary-colored paintings that resulted, influential Barcelona-born artist Joan Miro believed he could be truly radical by way of sculpture. The Picasso contemporary and compatriot began experimenting with the medium in 1941. It is in sculpture that I will create a truly phantasmagoric world of living monsters, he said.

Monstrous or mischievous? You can decide for yourself at Seattle Art Museum exhibit, MIRO: THE EXPERIENCE OF SEEING, featuring 48 paintings, drawings and rarely seen sculptures made between 1963 and 1983.

Drawn from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the exhibit specifically arranges the pieces to highlight the play between Miros two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Constructed of found objects such as salvaged wood, housewares and old hardware he assembled and cast in bronze the sculptures are a special treat, imparting a fuller perspective on the more familiar paintings.
SAM is the only West Coast venue presenting the show, so dont miss this chance to deepen your acquaintance with a Spanish master.

Through May 25. times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3210;