‘My grandfather Joan Miró was an artist 24 hours a day, 365 days a year’
Joan Punyet Miró recalls a childhood spent amid the ‘great labyrinth of colours’ in the artist’s Mallorca studio — and his deeply personal relationship with the Red Cross.
What are your memories of your grandfather?
Joan Punyet Miró: Quite remarkable. I was just 10 years old when he was 85. I remember walking with him to his studio in Palma de Mallorca and, once there, being surrounded by hundreds of paintings and drawings. I would walk through this great labyrinth of colours — of blue, red, yellow, black and green, splattered all over the floor and his desk.
Aside from this colourful image, which has remained in my subconscious, another thing I remember about my grandfather is his social, political and cultural engagement with Spain, following the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The King, Juan Carlos I, would come and talk to him about the country’s transformation from dictatorship to democracy.
‘Finding the right move’: Marcel Duchamp and his passion for chess
As we prepare to auction a pipe Duchamp presented to a close friend and chess opponent, Jack Castle looks at his love affair with a game that he believed shared values with art
On 10 March 1944 two men — both refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe —sat down for a game of chess. One was Marcel Duchamp, painter of Nude Descending a Staircase no. 2 (1912) and the Dada pioneer, the other was George Koltanowski, a Belgian-born chess master and seasoned tournament player. [Read more …]
The largely unseen masterworks of Alexander Calder created during his 1955 voyage to India — offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 10 May at Christie’s New York
In 1954, Alexander Calder received a letter from Gira Sarabhai, beginning an extraordinary journey and a lifelong friendship. Her letter offered the artist an opportunity to become part of the thriving creative hub that, thanks to the patronage and vision of the Sarabhai family, was changing the cultural landscape of Ahmedabad, in western India, during the 1950s. [Read more…]
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Voici une ressource incroyable pour ceux qui travaillent entre autre sur les années 60. Et il y a un bijou caché derrière ce site : ce n’est pas seuelement une base de données exhaustive sur Warhol et le microcosme qui gravite autour de lui, mais aussi une ressource d’une richesse incroyable pour moi qui suis plus interessée par l’Expressionnisme Abstrait, sous l’URL compliquée http://www.warholstars.org/abstractexpressionism/abstractexpressionism.html. Tout y est hyper-organisé par années (depuis 1800-1899 à 1980 et plus), par noms d’artistes, par organisations et expositions, etc.
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Texte de référence « L’art en train de se faire » : entretien avec Didier Schulmann, conservateur au Musée national d’art moderne,
et Agnès de Bretagne, bibliothécaire, responsable des périodiques à la Bibliothèque Kandinsky